Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sounds a little peevish in responding to the CNN story that he has exempted some of his staff from the requirement that they purchase their health plans through the Obamacare exchanges. He claims that he is complying with the law’s requirements and that, as applied to him personally, it’s actually costing him money. As he explained to Reno Gazette-Journal reporter Ray Hagar:
“I was really troubled when Ted Cruz complained. That really hurt me to the core,” Reid said. “The only people complaining are those who don’t like the Obamacare. I followed the law.
“And I will also note that there are 150 million different families that get their health care through their employees,” Reid said. “So should all federal employees, although under Obamacare, my insurance costs me about $4,500 more that it did before. Yes, because it is age-related and it wasn’t like that before.”
On the one hand, it’s a little off-putting to hear the Senate Majority Leader without whose leadership was indispensable to the passage of Obamacare complaining about it. On the other hand, we can be grateful that Reid hasn’t yet gotten the memo instructing Democrats to call Obamacare by its Orwellian statutory title.