Harry Reid, Senate floor, Dec. 21, 2009:
â€œAll over America, people are dying too soon. More and more, Americans who come down with the flu, or develop diabetes, or suffer a stroke are dying far earlier than modern science says they should die. More and more, Americans who contract skin cancer or have a heart condition are dying rather than being cured.
â€œPull out the medical records of these patients, and the official forms will tell you theyâ€™ve died from complications of a disease or a surgery. But what is really killing more and more Americans every day are complications of our health care system.”
Harry Reid, January 26, 2010:
The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, deflected questions about health care. â€œWeâ€™re not on health care now,â€ Mr. Reid said. â€œWeâ€™ve talked a lot about it in the past.â€
He added, â€œThere is no rush.â€
Will some enterprising reporter please ask Reid if he was wildly exaggerating the problem in the first place, or just doesn’t care that people are dying due to problems in our health care system because ramming through the wildly unpopular Obamacare bill could cost him re-election? It’s one or the other. Frankly, either option makes him look like a jerk, but Reid is used to that.