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Reid: ObamaCare will help Dems hold the Senate majority in 2014
The Hill ^ | December 18, 2013 | Alexander Bolton and Bob Cusack

Posted on 12/18/2013 11:10:39 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) thinks the healthcare law will ultimately help Senate Democrats in 2014 even though some incumbents fear a backlash at the polls.

“I think for sure it will be a net positive,” said Reid, who expects the law to become more of a political benefit as problems are smoothed out by Election Day. “I think so by then for sure.”

Reid said feedback to the Obama administration from Democratic senators has helped improve the federal enrollment site HealthCare.gov since its disastrous launch in October.

“It’s gotten significantly better, but it was significantly bad so it has a long way to go,” he said Wednesday during an interview with The Hill in his Capitol office overlooking the National Mall.

The Senate leader noted that Phil Schiliro, a senior White House adviser coordinating the implementation of the new healthcare law, met earlier Wednesday with Democratic senators who are facing tough reelection races next year.

“Phil Schiliro ... came up today and had a good meeting with my 2014ers. The discussions were led by [Senate Democratic Whip Dick] Durbin [(D-Ill.)] and it was an extremely positive, good meeting,” Reid said.

“That’s what we’ve needed from the White House for some time now, is someone to be able to reach out to,” he said.

Reid said White House chief of staff Denis McDonough is a “good person but he’s overwhelmed with work, and he did not have the capacity, which is time, to do the hands-on work that is necessary with my senators.”

He said senior White House staffers weren’t responsive at the height of the public uproar over the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"There was a period of time there where there were no questions that were answered because they were so overwhelmed with trying to get that program fixed," he said.

Reid’s biggest political job next year will be protecting the Senate majority and the vulnerable Democratic incumbents in states like Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina.

“The only thing I want from the White House in 2014 is for them to be available to my senators who are running for reelection,” Reid said.

He said he doesn’t worry that President Obama’s approval ratings, which have hit the low 40s, will affect Senate races next year, even though Republicans will do everything they can to tie Democratic candidates to the president’s promise that people would be able to keep their health plans if they like them.

"His numbers are going to go up. It's a question of what's gone on with this healthcare thing. It will get better," he said. "I've seen this over the years. You'd be surprised what three months' difference makes."

His hallmark as leader has been to strictly limit votes on politically charged amendments, which Republicans offer to collect political ammo for Senate campaigns.

Reid will likely continue that approach next year by teeing up votes on legislation designed to highlight differences between Democrats and Republicans on the economy.

He said he would make combating income inequality his top priority when Congress returns from the Christmas recess, starting with legislation to renew federal unemployment benefits.

“We’re going to come back and we’re going to do unemployment. I’m pleased that as I understand it that [Sen.] Jack Reid [(D-R.I.)] and [Sen.] Dean Heller [(R-Nev.)] are going to be the people who are going to move the bill forward,” he said. “Then we’re going to do flood insurance. Then we’re going to do minimum wage.

“Those things are not going to take care of the income inequality although it would help significantly,” he said. “And then we have process important nominations.”

Democrats expect Obama to make jobs and the economy his chief focus in the State of the Union address on Jan. 28.

Reid will have some work to do to unify the Senate Democratic Caucus on raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, a proposal championed by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), who is a top GOP target next year, does not support the legislation, and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) prefers the president's initial proposal to raise it to $9 an hour.

Looking forward to the next debt-ceiling fight, Reid said he does not expect Republicans will force another standoff after October’s 16-day government shutdown pushed the GOP’s approval rating to a historic low.

He also expressed confidence that Republicans will not be able to capture the six seats they need to regain control of the Senate.

He thinks Democrats have a good chance of picking up the Senate-held seat in Georgia, where Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), is running.

Reid is also heartened by the addition of former Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta to Obama’s inner circle of advisers.

“John Podesta is going to bring some political savvy to the White House, and I think that's so important,” he told Bloomberg Television last week.


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".................Americans already know that ObamaCare means higher premiums and a shrinking roster of doctors. But they have not yet realized that ObamaCare plans are not portable and will impede their ability to travel.

What happens to those plans to send the kids to live with the grandparents for the summer, when little Josh needs to keep up with his allergy shots? What decision will a family make when Dad needs to move to start his new job, while the kids stay behind to finish up the school year? What kind of financial pain will be inflicted on American contract workers, who rent a hotel residence for three months while they complete a project? And who will buy a vacation home when the costs include out-of-pocket medical expenses?

Moreover, ObamaCare may soon start impacting access to emergency room care. With Americans no longer able to receive routine medical services when they travel, will they start showing up in emergency rooms for sore throats and backaches? And how will these new throngs of patients affect the waiting time of people with genuine medical emergencies?

"I have 35 years in the industry, and I've never seen anything like this," the New York insurance broker told me. "ObamaCare is a rolling disaster. Every time we go down the road, we get hit with another catastrophe." Source

1 posted on 12/18/2013 11:10:39 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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2 posted on 12/18/2013 11:12:45 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Just when I think Dingey Harry is just a little “touched”, he proves me wrong. It’s worse than that. He’s NUCKING FUTS!


3 posted on 12/18/2013 11:13:05 AM PST by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Reid is backstabbing everyone. He owns this crap, not the freshmen democrats to be.


4 posted on 12/18/2013 11:14:06 AM PST by lavaroise
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The GOPe is the only thing that will help the Democrats keep the Senate in 2014


5 posted on 12/18/2013 11:14:07 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

6 posted on 12/18/2013 11:14:11 AM PST by oblomov
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s written into Obamacare that the Democrat Party will be the only party ?


7 posted on 12/18/2013 11:14:17 AM PST by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Harry needs to keep his butt muscles tightly clenched, so as to make sure no intelligent thoughts accidentally leak out


8 posted on 12/18/2013 11:15:51 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: GeronL

Indeed, the fascist GOPe think they have the ability to be self sufficient with back stabbing liberals. The liberals have their jobs insured by the back stabbing of the GoPe and the stupid GOPe is falling right in their trap with illegals and gun control.


9 posted on 12/18/2013 11:16:03 AM PST by lavaroise
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To: llevrok

Actually, I think the DIMS will hold the Senate and take the House in 2014—Not as a result of anything they’ve done, but because the GOP-e just can’t abide the conservative component of their base and are actively attacking them.


10 posted on 12/18/2013 11:16:24 AM PST by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I hope everyone of the bastards run on it!!!!


11 posted on 12/18/2013 11:16:46 AM PST by ontap
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; All
Reid:
"ObamaCare will help Dems hold
the Senate majority in 2014"



12 posted on 12/18/2013 11:17:18 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sure thing, Harry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYyMMs-WO4U

13 posted on 12/18/2013 11:17:33 AM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Liberals tend to exhibit a twisted version of the “battered wife” syndrome. They get beat up, but somehow always blame conservatives. Then, after a few news cycles, they go right back to the elected and appointed liberals who beat them up. They delude themselves by thinking that it will not happen again.

As odd as that thinking is to the conservative mind, Reid may well be right.


14 posted on 12/18/2013 11:17:37 AM PST by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed (Yahuah Yahusha)
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To: GeronL

Harry Reid leads McConnell and Boehner around by their “noses.”


15 posted on 12/18/2013 11:18:31 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: musicman
Haven't used this one in a while.


16 posted on 12/18/2013 11:20:40 AM PST by McGruff (How's that Hopey Changey thingy workin out for ya?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
“Those things are not going to take care of the income inequality although it would help significantly,” he said.

One wonders if attorneys and show people and other leftists of significant means might worry a bit about this "income inequality" chant.

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17 posted on 12/18/2013 11:21:34 AM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They would be more effective if they simply handed it out on the street corners.


18 posted on 12/18/2013 11:23:40 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: llevrok

We have to be a bit careful of overconfidence here.

I believed that no POTUS could be re-elected with 8% unemployment, $4 gas, surging food prices and trillion dollar deficits.


19 posted on 12/18/2013 11:24:14 AM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: llevrok

Harry Screed is not FRICKIN’ NUTS he really believes this and Mc Connell and J. Boner will bend over forwards and get screwed again because they are all out of touch. We will do nothing about it but talk.


20 posted on 12/18/2013 11:24:58 AM PST by WilliamRobert (Obama is responsible for the genocide of millions of Americans)
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

Unfortunately I agree with your assessment. The libs have the entire year to spin this through a sympathetic media to people who largely have already been indoctrinated. Every once in a while reality hits them in the face, but then they slide back into their familiar routine.

I think that there is still a good chance that we will keep the House and get Senate back, but it is going to be a fight.


21 posted on 12/18/2013 11:25:42 AM PST by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reid is drinking the Jim Jones Koolaid


22 posted on 12/18/2013 11:27:43 AM PST by tom paine 2
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Is Reid crazy or just dreaming?


23 posted on 12/18/2013 11:28:45 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: McGruff

24 posted on 12/18/2013 11:30:34 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: llevrok

He’s a crook from way back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1KDmG4bxXY


25 posted on 12/18/2013 11:42:27 AM PST by Ray76
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Harry would be committed as stark raving mad except for one thing,... he is running against the feckless, cowardly, enabling, Gutless Old Party, the Party which thinks and acts like battered wives and girlfriends. They almost always manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

That gives Hairy plenty of hope. He speaks from experience.

26 posted on 12/18/2013 11:47:09 AM PST by Gritty (Liberals think living your life free of welfare, EBT, and government nannies is "cheating"-J Hawkins)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He is probably right. Because in the end the republicans support it too. Just watch all the democrat policies the Republican enact between now and election day. And I bet they take part in supporting and so called “Fixing” Obamacare through legislation as well.


27 posted on 12/18/2013 11:47:29 AM PST by Revel
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Delusional.


28 posted on 12/18/2013 11:50:47 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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Dingy Hairy knows better than this, but he doesn't care that what he says is crap. He knows the red-state Dems have nothing to run on except the train-wreck owebamacare.

He can't blame it on anyone else, his only choice is to try to claim it's great.

29 posted on 12/18/2013 11:52:14 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are Affirmative Action for Slackers! .)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Funny stuff! Dems are repeating this over and over. The denial is strong, in this one.


30 posted on 12/18/2013 11:53:34 AM PST by CityCenter (Resist Obamacare!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hairy I think is half right. The rat faction of the uniparty will keep the senate and possibly take the house. Not because of deathcare, though.I think it’ll just boil down to the gop faction figuring out a way to lose while holding the equivalent of a royal flush. Its just one of their skills.


31 posted on 12/18/2013 11:55:59 AM PST by RKBA Democrat ( There is no worst president but owebama, and valerie jarrett is his prophet.)
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BWAHAHAHAHA!!

Reid must’ve fell off the rocker in front of Cracker Barrel and hit his head!

Did his memory come back like in Lucy or My Three Sons?

Did he turn good for a little while like the time the KAOS agent got hit with Max's shoephone?

32 posted on 12/18/2013 12:03:25 PM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Scott Brown is New Hampshire's Linda McMahon.

Don't let him ruin your state.

Pick a real conservative, not a carpetbagger.

33 posted on 12/18/2013 12:10:45 PM PST by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He is probably right about them holding the Senate, but he is wrong about the reason.


34 posted on 12/18/2013 12:11:12 PM PST by nomobs
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Gee .... I guess Harry hasn’t seen THIS yet ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYyMMs-WO4U&feature=youtu.be


35 posted on 12/18/2013 12:13:27 PM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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36 posted on 12/18/2013 12:26:29 PM PST by Lucky9teen (No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. ~ Albert Einstein)
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Right up to the election of 2010, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, was totally confident of remaining as Speaker for the next Congress. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will be just as confident all of the way up to November 04, of 2014 AND since he is elected in Nevada, you can’t even make the contra bet in Las Vegas. Shame that!

So, note to the wise, “The Truth is not in them!”


37 posted on 12/18/2013 12:27:01 PM PST by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: Arm_Bears

That.....and the more the Dems give away the more voters they have. They are very busy giving Medicaid and subsidies away. The Republicans will help them give more unemployment away and when they all pass amnesty!!!! Wow, tons of new Dem voters!


38 posted on 12/18/2013 12:41:00 PM PST by sheana
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Only because the Republicans won't use Obamacare to attack them.

The 'rats must have video of the orange man leaving a motel with 3 women/men of the night or a goat under his arm or something.

I sure can't understand it.

39 posted on 12/18/2013 12:50:31 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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I could have written your comment.

Bump!


40 posted on 12/18/2013 12:51:25 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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Harry is only putting ...


41 posted on 12/18/2013 1:08:46 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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Harry:

You went full Pelosi.

Never go full Pelosi.


42 posted on 12/18/2013 1:11:11 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: GeronL

That’s funny right there. Reid said he wants the Kenyan Buttdragger to stump for Dimsenators in the next election. Yeah, that’s gonna happen. You gotta wonder how Dingyharry is on getting double-crossed by the Kenyan? The only place the Kenyan will be stumping is at the parties who are padding his retirement stash.


43 posted on 12/18/2013 1:47:07 PM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: bigbob

“Harry needs to keep his butt muscles tightly clenched...”

If Reid does that, he would be prudent to avoid the cops in New Mexico.


44 posted on 12/18/2013 1:51:34 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (The Second Amendment makes all the other amendments possible)
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To: fireman15
There is nothing to 'spin' about this, the American People were lied to, are now forced to buy more expensive insurance and get less for it.

There is a seething hatred growing against this Administration and the Democrat Party.

2014 is going to make 1994 look tame by comparison.

The Liberals are losing their own base, including the Millennials, who aren't to come out to support the Democrats.

45 posted on 12/18/2013 1:55:26 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Harry is sniffing glue.


46 posted on 12/18/2013 1:56:24 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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Without ‘health care’ how do you end the free ride that uninsured get at hospitals and whose costs are spread to others? That’s what 2014 will be about. If not Obamacare, what? Cancel & Replace?


47 posted on 12/18/2013 2:01:01 PM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: lavaroise

If the young people tank on Obama he’s done. tere isn’t enough black voters to win the day for the DemoCommunists.


48 posted on 12/18/2013 2:30:08 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

How long do you think Reid could hold onto a hangman’s noos around his neck if I sprung the trap door? I can dream can’t I?


49 posted on 12/18/2013 3:40:13 PM PST by Progov
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

IIRC, San Fran Nan said the dims would hold the house in 2010 too. That worked out really well - for us.


50 posted on 12/18/2013 3:41:33 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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