Harry Reid on Sunday had a press conference, said this about Republicans regarding health care.
REID: They’re in a different universe talking about this bill being for illegal immigrants, this bill running up the deficit, which is absolutely false, this bill running up premiums, absolutely false. Republicans are being destructive, they want this to be, as one Senator said, ‘President Obama’s Waterloo,’ and it’s not going to be.
RUSH: Let me tell you something, Senator Reid, you just lied through your teeth there. You are living in a universe different than ours. Yours is the Universe of Lies. This bill is for illegal immigrants. I mean there’s no question it’s for illegal immigrants. This bill will run up the deficit. Everything government does runs up the deficit. It will run up the price of premiums. There’s no question it will do that. President Obama’s Waterloo is if this passes, not if it fails, if this passes. Well, actually that’s not correct. It’s America’s Waterloo if this passes. Now, this number, listen to this, this sounds absurd to me.
REID: Yesterday, Friday, 14,000 people lost their health insurance in America. Today, Saturday, another 14,000 people will lose their health insurance, and Sunday, and Monday, and Tuesday, and on and on. The American people don’t get weekends off from this injustice. Bankruptcy doesn’t keep bankers’ hours. They don’t go away just because it’s Sunday or Saturday. The pain’s still there. And so our work continues this weekend and it will continue until we give this nation’s citizens a health insurance system that works for them.
RUSH: Fourteen thousand people every day lose their health insurance. Now, where’s that number come from? Snatched out of thin air. I don’t even want to accept the premise. Some people say, ‘Well, how many people get health care insurance?’ I don’t even accept the premise. He can’t prove the number. Fourteen thousand, how in the world does anybody know this? It’s not possible to know. I’ll tell you something else. His health care bill does not insure the uninsured, even after 10 to 15 years. It doesn’t happen. Now, let’s go back, shall we? January 31st, 2008, in Los Angeles during a Democrat debate between Hillary Clinton and Obama, Obama made this promise.
OBAMA: That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together and not negotiating behind closed doors but bringing all parties together and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are, ’cause part of what we have to do is enlist the American people in this process.
RUSH: Yesterday President Obama met with Democrats only in a private meeting. It was not on C-SPAN. There is no transparency in this administration.
RUSH: Harry Reid, ladies and gentlemen, has compared Republicans who oppose health care as being no different than people who supported slavery. It happened today. ‘Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took his GOP-blasting rhetoric to a new level Monday, comparing Republicans who oppose health care reform to lawmakers who clung to the institution of slavery more than a century ago. The Nevada Democrat, in a sweeping set of accusations on the Senate floor, also compared health care foes to those who opposed women’s suffrage and the civil rights movement… ‘ which largely were Democrats in his party. ‘…even though it was Sen. Strom Thurmond, then a Democrat, who unsuccessfully tried to filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and it was Republicans who led the charge against slavery. Senate Republicans on Monday called Reid’s comments ‘offensive’ and ‘unbelievable.’ But Reid argued that Republicans are using the same stalling tactics employed in the pre-Civil War era.’
I don’t understand why somebody up there just doesn’t blast him, and Republicans can’t stop anything. He doesn’t have his 60 votes yet. That’s his problem. He needs some Republicans to change their side of the aisle to get 60 votes because he doesn’t have them. Frankly, with all the arguments they’re having over abortion, illegal immigration, and a public option, unless they’re really going to give these Democrats that are wavering a billion or two billion a year to buy ’em off I don’t know how they’re going to compromise on this by Christmas. I really don’t. In fact, they’re now saying, ladies and gentlemen, the media and observers that the tone is changing and they expect the bill to pass. Really, the tone is changing? Harry Reid’s out there comparing Republicans to the same kind of people that supported slavery, the tone’s changing? You start throwing around accusations like that, I mean you’re not firing on all cylinders from a position of confidence and strength are you, doesn’t seem to me.
Somebody needs to get in his face and say, ‘Look, it was your party that stonewalled the civil rights acts of ’57 and ’64, it was your party that stonewalled getting anything done about slavery. It was your party and all those Democrats in the South that wanted to preserve it.’ Why don’t these Republicans speak up, for crying out loud? Because this is something that half the country believes, erroneously so. I ought to test these people some days. I genuinely detest them. There’s not one syllable of honesty that’s coming out of any Democrat on either of these two major pieces of legislation all year long. The lies, every day, you get up to another set of lies. Global warming, this, it’s all fraud, it’s all a hoax, manufactured crises.
RUSH: We have the sound bite here, ladies and gentlemen, this morning in DC on the Senate floor, Dingy Harry.
REID: Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all Republicans have come up with is this: Slow down, stop everything, let’s start over. If you think you’ve heard this excuse before, you’re right. When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said, ‘Slow down, it’s too early, let’s wait.’ When women spoke up for the right to speak up, they wanted to vote. Some insisted basically, slow down. When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats we hear today.
RUSH: They were Democrats. This is outrageous. This is not ignorance. This is outrageous because Harry Reid knows the Republican Party was born in the fight against slavery. That’s how the Republican Party came to be. But I just wanted you to hear that because this is what they’ve been reduced to up there to try and get this done. When it’s Democrats they can’t keep in line. The Republicans are not even trying to slow it down! That’s not even their strategy. It should be, but it’s not.