Media Matters, the liberal apologist for all things Obama, continues its drumbeat of criticism of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a newspaper deserving of criticism, just not what Media Matters accuses it of.
The headline on its latest online posting says: “Las Vegas Review-Journal Rewrites History To Accuse Sen. Reid Of Exempting Staff From ObamaCare.”
Media Matters may not like what the editorial said, but it was entirely accurate.
Here is the key verbiage:
For the millions of Americans who’ve lost their insurance as a result of Obamacare’s devastating rollout, for those who now must choose between buying costlier new health insurance or going without coverage and paying a penalty tax, Sen. Reid’s promise will remain broken. The public is none too pleased about that. A growing majority of residents disapprove of the Affordable Care Act, despite Sen. Reid’s assurances that the law has been good for the country.
No one is buying that, including some of Sen. Reid’s own staff — the very same staff which helped him force Obamacare through Congress in 2009 and upon a nation that didn’t want it, the very same staff which helps the senator defend and promote the law to this day.
Now that their creation is poised to erode benefits and explode their own household budgets, these staffers want nothing to do with it. The Affordable Care Act requires the official staffs of each federal lawmaker to abandon their medical coverage through the Federal Employee Health Benefit program and purchase subsidized insurance through the law’s exchanges. But, as reported Thursday by the Review-Journal’s Steve Tetreault, the law allows the staff of congressional committees and leadership offices to stay off the exchanges and keep their current benefits, if their lawmaker bosses so decide.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., nonetheless diverted their entire staffs to the exchanges to obtain health insurance. Sen. Reid did not.
A handful of other lawmakers have kept their staffs off the Obamacare exchanges as well. That’s because the exchanges offer significantly worse coverage than what’s provided to rank-and-file federal workers — higher deductibles, higher out-of-pocket costs and higher premiums.
Though others in the upper hierarchy have decided to push all staffers into the exchanges, in the spirit of the law, Reid did not.
Media Matters wrote: “As noted in the editorial, while some members have pushed their entire staff onto the exchange, other members have chosen not to pull their leadership committee staffers from federal policies.”
So, what history was rewritten?
Media Matters criticizes the newspaper almost once a week for being, well, conservative and speaking out, an unpardonable sin in liberalville, where they know what is best for everyone else.