Harry Reid: All Obamacare Horror Stories Are Lies

"These two brothers are trying to buy America."

During a Senate floor speech Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared all of the horror stories about Obamacare were lies bought paid for by the Koch brothers. That makes the 5.8 million people who lost their insurance because of Obamacare (and any other American with a horror story) liars.  

"Despite all that good news, there's plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they're being told all over America," said Reid. 

The leukemia patient whose insurance policy was canceled [and] could die without her medication, Mr. President, that's an ad being paid for by two billionaire brothers. It's absolutely false. Or the woman whose insurance policy went up $700 a month--ads paid for around America by the multi-billionaire Koch brothers, and the ad is false.

We heard about the evils of Obamacare, about the lives it's ruining in Republicans' stump speeches and in ads paid for by oil magnates, the Koch brothers. But in those tales, turned out to be just that: tales, stories made up from whole cloth, lies distorted by the Republicans to grab headlines or make political advertisements.

Mr. President, these two brothers are trying to buy America. They not only funnel money through their Americans for Prosperity, they funnel money into all kinds of organizations to do the same thing that they're doing. They're trying to buy America. I don't believe America is for sale. We'll see, Mr. President.

A recent report by OpenSecrets.org called "Heavy Hitters: Top All-Time Donors, 1989-2014" proves the claim that the Koch brothers are trying to buy the political system false. The Koch brothers are way down the list of top donors, placing #59. But that is only part of the story.

Out of the top ten donors seven are Democratic leaning all seven are labor unions. The other three in the top ten donate equally to both parties.


The chart above represents the aggregate spending by the top 100 political donors on the Open Secrets list.  The blue slice is donations to Democratic candidates and PACs, the red slice is Republican candidates and PACs, and the Grey is third-party candidates and PACs. When donations from the top 100 donors in the same study are aggregated, 57% ($1,379,880,052 out of the total $2,431,127,151) of the money was given to Democratic Party candidates.

Perhaps it's not the millions of Americans who are lying.

Source: Weekly Standard

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