Reid brings his Beltway rhetoric home: Government knows best

While on public radio and public television this past Friday, Harry Reid admitted the objective of ObamaCare is eventually to nationalize health care — also known as the public option.

During a discussion of the myriad adjustments, waivers and delays that have plagued the Affordable Care Act, a liberal newspaper columnist suggested to to Nevada’s senior senator and senate majority leader that these problems would not exist had Congress simply passed a single-payer system and ended private health insurance entirely — also known as socialized medicine.

“Don’t think we didn’t have a tremendous number of people who wanted a single-payer system,” Reid responded (see it for yourself), as reported in this week’s newspaper column, available online at The Ely Times and the Elko Daily Free Press.

IBD’s Michael Ramirez on Reid’s comments on Nevada public radio a week ago.

Asked if the country will eventually work beyond private health insurance, Reid enthusiastically replied, “Yes. Absolutely, yes.

Reid segued into his thoughts on why electric utility companies should be controlled by the government regardless of cost.

When it was pointed out renewable energy generation costs much more than energy produced by coal- and natural gas-fired plants, Reid insisted, “Each day that goes by solar is plummeting in cost.”

Then he insisted costs are competitive now, but contradicted himself by saying, “You have a few incidents where they are higher, especially with natural gas, which is so cheap now. We have more natural gas than any country in the world, and that’s very inexpensive. So I don’t accept all your statistics.” Never let the facts get in the way of your religion.

Meanwhile, on pubic radio earlier in the day (listen to it yourself), Reid unleashed a scathing attack on what he calls tea party Republicans that included accusations of racism on the part of those reluctant to embrace Obama’s agenda of centralized power.

“It’s been obvious they are doing everything they can to make him fail. And I hope, I hope that it’s, and I say this seriously, I hope that they’re based on substance and not the fact that he’s an African-American,” Reid stammered.

This is from the man who once claimed to be awed by Obama’s gift for oratory and believed the country was ready for a black president, especially a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

Read the entire column at Ely or Elko sites.