Harry Reid’s Selective Memory Kicks In

According to a report in The Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is blaming the media for setting the August deadline to pass healthcare legislation:

Reid said reporters created a fictitious deadline of a successful vote by the August recess, and downplayed the fact that the chamber won’t meet that mark.

That is a deadline that you created,” Reid told a group of about 75 reporters. “It’s not like we don’t have a product. Significant progress has been made … The mere fact that this wasn’t done by last Friday or by five o’clock doesn’t mean we’re not going to get a quality product.”

So, I’ve gotta ask, where was Senator Reid when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, was sure she’d meet Obama’s deadline in an article from this past May:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi told President Obama today that the Democratic-led House will have a health care bill on the floor before it leaves for the August recess.

The goal is “quality, affordable, accessible health care for all Americans,” Pelosi told reporters after a White House meeting with Obama and other House leaders.

Obama set the deadline at July 31 and said it shows “the kind of urgency and dedication that we need.”

And then there’s this, from the Huffington Post a scant 10 days ago where Obama is “defending” his August deadline:

President Barack Obama is defending his relentless campaign for a health care bill before Congress’s August recess, saying “the default in Washington is inaction and inertia.” The Republican Party chairman assailed it as an “excessive push.”

But sure, Harry, the media set that deadline. Wink wink.

17 thoughts on “Harry Reid’s Selective Memory Kicks In”

  1. Harry “the war is lost” Reid getting selective memory. Next headline. “Joe Biden opens his mouth and says something stupid.”

  2. Thankfully we will be able to make substantial progress on reforming our healthcare system, once Congressional reconciliation occurs and the bill is placed on President Obama’s desk for a signature, in the Sept-Oct time frame.

    We have needed this for a long, long time!

  3. The Socialist-Democrats are trying to make a s#!t sandwich seem palatable. The American people are beginning to recognize that Obamacare, like virtually everything else he proposes, is pure socialism. As if the same pinhead bureaucrats who gave us a multi-trillion dollar deficit could possibly handle the most complex healthcare system in the world.

    Keep the parasitic, inept government out of private business.

    The deeeper we wade into the mess of the Obama administration, the more it seems likely that he will be another Carter…one-and-done. Thank God.

  4. Rick , is it the beginning of Alzheimer or just a short time memory loss ?
    ” As if the same pinhead bureaucrats who gave us a multi-trillion dollar deficit could possibly handle the most complex healthcare system in the world.”
    If I remember correctly, the last administration started with a balanced “Clinton Budget” and ran up the deficit……..

  5. Rick believes that his continual use of the “socialism” label will turn the American people against this bill. By his standard, Medicare is socialism, military healthcare is socialism, Congressional healthcare is socialism, all three both well-run and efficient compared to the private healthcare insurance company performance.

    There are some areas where only government can do a decent overall job; this is one as past performance to date has demonstrated!

    And about Rick, I recall his prediction that the 2006 Congressional elections would favor the Repubs, and that the Repubs would win in 2008.

    Likewise, I don’t think Rick has his finger on the pulse of the American people. Recent polling indicates that 72% want our healthcare system reformed. That says it all!

  6. Recent polling indicates that 72% want our healthcare system reformed

    Wow. How profound. Of course 72% or so want it “reformed.” But when it comes down to the nitty gritty, that’s when the numbers drastically decrease. After all, why does a similar % say they are happy w/their current health insurance?

  7. The “nitty gritty” is not yet known because the House Bill is only a proposal, hasn’t even been voted on, the Senate Bill is not yet out or voted on, and the reconciliation process of course cannot yet begin.

    But don’t let this stop the Repub naysayers from conducting a dishonest propaganda campaign to stop healthcare reform, as I have already had several e-mailed to me the last couple of days.

    The most informative piece on issue was on the Charlie Rose show the other night, which had Drs Bill Frist and Howard Dean discussing, debating, answering questions. Anybody see it?

  8. yes, Perry we know, we are supposed to be good little sheep and not compain until after it is signed into law.

    Are you on salary or are you paid by the word?

  9. My point is that until we get into the reconciliation process, we have no idea what to complain about. You folks have been complaining even about the idea of healthcare reform, in your ideological zeal to protect big business at any cost!

  10. Rick believes that his continual use of the “socialism” label will turn the American people against this bill.

    They already have. Read the polls.

    Rick , is it the beginning of Alzheimer or just a short time memory loss ?

    I’ll put my memory up against yours, any day. Future generations face a $10-trillion deficit. For what? To pay for the irresponsibility of others.

    Bureaucrats are members of both parties. To put your faith in the parasitic political class is pure stupidity.

    Well, cattle are stupid, aren’t they?

  11. I thoroughly and whole-heartedly believe that any and all entitement programs run by the goverment and paid for with tax-payer funds are indeed a form of socialism. So what? It doesn’t mean I don’t support them or realize the need for them. But you can still be honest and call them what they are.

    Perry, this isn’t about protecting big business. This is about protecting my right of choice when it comes to my healthcare and my health insurance or lack thereof.
    Can you be honest about this debate and admit that this isn’t about people not having access to healthcare but about who is paying for that healthcare?
    When someone is in a car accident and is rushed by ambulance to a hospital emergency room do they ask you what, if any, insurance you have first? NO! They save your life. The issue is you want someone else to pay for those services. Well, nothing is free. NOTHING in this world is free. Someone (the taxpayer) is paying for it. Why shouldn’t the person receiving the services be the one responsible for paying? We should be asking WHY the cost of those services are so expensive.

    We absolutely need to help those less fortunate. We already have programs in place for this purpose. If those aren’t working properly than fix them. Don’t spend billions and billions of dollars now and into the future on another system that is going to fail too. The goverment can’t run anything with efficiency and effectiveness. You really want put your healthcare in the hands of politicians and beaurocrats? Count me out!!!!!!!!! I don’t want the goverment anywhere near important, private decisions someone has to make when faced with a life threatening illness/disease. No thank you!

  12. The “nitty gritty” is not yet known because the House Bill is only a proposal

    Um, hel-LO? It’s a freakin’ bill. Thus, the “nitty gritty” is QUITE known — hell, it’s right there in plain ‘ol black and white.

    So, in Perry’s world, there should be NO criticism until what — the definitive final bill is put together? But … how in the world does a final bill come together, Perry? Let’s see … by listening to criticisms and counter-proposals! And how is the GOP’s (and whoever else’s) criticism “dishonest?”

    (Using Perry’s logic, we should not criticize the Bush admin. and the Iraq War because, after all, the “final result” hasn’t occurred yet …)

  13. If we get nationalized ‘healthcare,’ prepare for government control of virtually everything you do…what you eat, what you do for recreation, whether you drink, smoke…everything.

    Today’s Socialist-Democrats are Marxists at heart.

    Send them to hell!

  14. Discussion and criticism are to be encouraged, of course, but hyperbolic comments like Rick just made are contraindicated, just as are the health insurance industry swift boaters.

    Now we see that some in the GOP wish to stifle discussion by disrupting town meetings held by congress people with their constituents, one more sign of the desperation of these on the lunatic fringe.

    Where are the sane voices in the GOP who should be speaking against this behavior? If they do not speak out, they are complicit.

  15. Now we see that some in the GOP wish to stifle discussion by disrupting town meetings held by congress people with their constituents, one more sign of the desperation of these on the lunatic fringe.

    Where are the sane voices in the GOP who should be speaking against this behavior? If they do not speak out, they are complicit.

    Indeed. As I’m sure Perry was right there on the front lines speaking out against the “fringe” elements that protested the Iraq War!

    The vast majority of these protestors aren’t “fringe,” Perry. Politicians believe that to their peril. What the vast majority are are fed up with politicians passing asinine legislation, rushing bills through that will change 1/6 of the federal budget w/o reading them, and spending like drunken sailors when we’re already bankrupt.

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