Harry Reid Rebukes Obama over No Credit for Obamacare 'Fixes'
Harry Reid is reportedly a bit upset with the Obama administration. He thinks he and his Senate Democrat coalition should have gotten some of the credit for the "fixes" to Obamacare and its website.
Reid said he scolded the president over the slight in a recent private telephone call. According to The Hill, Reid said, "I did communicate to him that there have been things done by the White House that improved the healthcare bill and those fixes were suggested originally by my senators and they got no credit for it. I thought that was improper."
Senate Democrats have had several meetings with Obama's Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough, to discuss their ideas about what to do about Obama's flailing healthcare law. The specific ideas Reid and his caucus brought to the table to "fix" Obamacare, however, have not been made public.
There has also been angst about the mess. As recently as early November, a letter penned by several high profile Senate Democrats insisting that the administration delay the individual mandate was making the rounds.
For Obama's part, he seems to have said that no one offered any help as he struggled to figure out how to save his signature achievement from certain disaster. During one of his many Obamacare sales drives, Obama told the nation that he had received little feedback on the law.
"If folks had actually good ideas, better ideas than what’s happening in Massachusetts or what we’ve proposed for providing people with health insurance, I’d be happy to listen. But that’s not what’s happening," the President said at a Boston event on October 30.
Obama made several changes to his Obamacare team this month, giving hope to Democrats that something positive might occur early in the new year. He brought back legislative affairs expert Phil Schiliro, promoted Chuck Schumer's former top aide Katie Beirne Fallon to head the legislative affairs team, and pulled bulldog flack man John Podesta of Clinton-era fame back into the White House to run interference.
Podesta put his foot in his mouth already, though, likening Republicans to a murderous cult, comments for which he had to apologize.
Podesta, a principal operative of the ultra left-wing Center for American Progress, has also set his sites on bypassing Congress and putting back door global warming policies into place by urging President Obama to use executive orders to force the issue.