Reid: Koch Brothers Want to ‘Buy America’

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The Nevada lawmaker and majority leader made a similar claim on the floor of the Senate, and his Republican peers interpreted his comments to mean that all so-called Obamacare “horror stories” that have circulated are untrue. The emphasis placed on “true stories” in the senator’s tweet does seem to suggest that he believes that the negative experiences with the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges are fabricated to further a political goal. His intentions may have been as harmless as to draw attention to the fact that “real Americans” have been helped by the healthcare reform championed by the Obama administration. But, regardless of what he meant to convey, the comment forced Reid on the defensive as GOP lawmakers expressed their outrage.

In Republican speeches and in ads paid for by oil magnets, the Koch Brothers, “We heard about the evils of Obamacare; about the lives it’s ruining,” Reid said on the Senate floor. But “those tales turned out to be just that, tales,” he continued. “Lies, distorted by Republicans to grab headlines or make political advertisements.” Reid argued that the Koch Brothers are at the bottom of these distortions. “These two brothers are trying to buy America” by spreading headline-grabbing lies about Obamacare, he stated forcefully. “The Koch Brothers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars telling Americans that Obamacare is bad for them. But the Kochs should stick to what they know — the oil business. Because the truth is simply more powerful than any myth, any legend, or any false political ad,” the senator concluded.

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