CNN’s Dana Bash on October 2, 2013 during a press conference had a simple question for Harry Reid.
“You all talked about children with cancer unable to go to clinical trials,” Bash pointed out. “The House is presumably going to pass a bill that funds at least the NIH. Given what you’ve said, will you at least pass that? And if not, aren’t you playing the same political games that Republicans are?”
Bash was asking why the Democrats wouldn’t agree to fund the National Institutes for Health. Funding the NIH is just one piece of a series of piecemeal funding measures Republicans in the House have agreed to pass. They’ve also agreed to pass measures opening parks, funding veterans, etc.
The response from Sen. Harry Reid is appalling.
“Listen,” he barked. “Sen. Durbin explained that very well, and he did it here. He did it on the floor earlier – as did Sen. Schumer. What right did they have to pick and choose what part of government is going to be funded? It’s obvious what’s going on here. You talk about reckless and irresponsible. Wow! What this is all about is Obamacare. They are obsessed. I don’t know what other word I can use. I don’t know what other word I can use. They are obsessed with this Obamacare. It’s working. It’s working now and it will continue to work and people will love it more than they do now by far. “
I’m no constitutional lawyer but maybe Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, which gives all spending powers to Congress.
Bash countered “If you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?”
“Why would we want to do that?” Reid said angrily. “I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. To have someone of your intelligence suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless.”
One word, WOW! I cannot imagine a statement more condemning then Sen. Harry Reid’s own words.
Remember earlier this year when an 11-year-old Pennsylvania girl needed a lung transplant? Dems like HHS director Kathleen Sebilius said,
hey “Some people live. Some people die.”
In her mind, rules and politics trumped children. That’s what Sebilius believed then, and it’s what Harry Reid thinks today. Just think, these are the people running the country including ObamaCare, you make the call.