Earlier this week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid attacked Sen. Jim DeMint, saying, “Just this week, the Senator from South Carolina said we just need to ‘get out of the way and allow the market to work.’ In other words, he says, let’s do nothing.” Reid continued, “Allowing the market to work is code for letting the greedy insurance companies” continue to deny care to sick and elderly Americans.
Reid of Course, is making up history as he goes along when he refers to “Greedy Insurance Companies,” In 2006 and 2007, Reid and Senator Barack Obama joined those “Greedy Insurance Companies” in opposing market-driven, freedom reforms of our health care system. Reid and Obama defended the status quo and the insurance companies by voting NO on legislation that would have created a truly national, competitive market for private health insurance, and allowed small businesses to pool their insurance plans to reduce costs and offer improved plans to their employees.
Reid/Obama voted NO on Allowing Americans the Freedom to Purchase Health Insurance Across State Lines. H.R. 976 (110th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call 305). The Senate rejected an effort to allow Americans to purchase individual health insurance across state lines. The amendment offered by Sen. DeMint (R-SC) failed on August 2, 2007 by a vote of 37-62.
This vote was on an amendment by Jim DeMint, R-S.C., that would allow people to buy health insurance from providers licensed in a state other than the one in which they live.
“Current law traps Americans by only allowing them to buy health insurance in the State where they live. This is not fair, and it makes very little sense in a time when we are trying to lower the cost of health insurance. My amendment, which we call the Health Care Choice Act, will help millions of American children by allowing their parents to shop for health insurance the same way they shop for many other products: online, by mail, over the phone or in consultation with an insurance agent in their hometown,” DeMint said. Source
Reid/Obama both voted NO on expanding health plans created for Small Businesses On Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Committee Amendment (110th Congress, Session 2, Roll Call 119). The Senate rejected an effort to allow for the expansion of health care access and reduced costs through the creation of small business health plans and through modernization of the health insurance marketplace on May 11, 2006 by a vote of 55-32.
When the President says, we have been discussing reform for 60 years, he is ignoring the fact that he helped to kill reform Just two years ago.