- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 27, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a message for those who say Obamacare enrollment has left them bereft of insurance, or paying much more than they can afford for the federal plan: Your stories just aren’t true.

But conservatives have a message back to Mr. Reid: Your comments are “astounding,” as one said, Fox News reported.

Mr. Reid first said on the Senate floor that these Obamacare “horror stories” are untrue, Fox News reported.

But then — facing fire — he walked back a bit on that claim, instead saying that he only meant the “vast majority” of featured ads put out by conservative groups like Americans for Prosperity or by conservative funders, like the Koch brothers, were untrue — and that moreover, the Koch brothers were “un-American,” Fox News said.

Specifically, he said, Fox News reported: Americans for Prosperity hires actors to tell untrue stories about Obamacare and canceled policies, and “all of [their stories] are untrue. But they’re being told all over America.”

Conservatives were swift to condemn Mr. Reid’s characterization.

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Americans for Prosperity president Tim Phillips said Mr. Reid had “attacked the character and integrity of every American who had the courage to share how they’re being hurt by the president’s health care law,” Fox News reported.

And Sen. Ron Johnson said Mr. Reid’s comments were “astounding and offensive,” the media outlet reported.

Sen. John Thune, meanwhile, demanded Mr. Reid apologize to those with true stories of Obamacare enrollment atrocities.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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