Washington Examiner's Ferrechio: Reid's ACA Defense Just Politics

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 12:37 AM

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is simply defending the Democrats' political turf with his dismissive assertion Wednesday that Obamacare "horror stories" are untrue, Washington Examiner congressional correspondent Susan Ferrechio said Wednesday.

The journalist, in an exclusive interview on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, said the veteran Nevada Democrat was "looking at 2014 and how can they keep the Senate."

"This is about the majority of the Senate, so what you hear Harry Reid talking about today, you have to throw the overlay on top of that, that he is trying to hold onto his majority," she said. "He's a former boxer, he's somebody that really is a scrappy political fighter, and that's what you heard him talking about today."

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Ferrechio said Republicans need to win "only six states or so"in Senate races. The Democrats "who they're going after in the Senate are . . . vulnerable specifically because [of] the healthcare law — a lot of them have seen their poll numbers drop drastically."

He said the Democrats' situation is "really dire" because "there are so many horror stories, obviously, they're a dime a dozen right now, and Democrats really have a hard time dealing with how to explain this. "

"It's really a battle right now who's going to win the public's perception over whether this law is hurting people or helping them," she added.

Ferrechio said politics is also at play in efforts to pass a minimum wage bill and tax reform.

On the minimum wage, she said, the votes aren't there — but vulnerable Democrats are caught in the middle.

"You've got people from red states like [Arkansas Democratic Sen.] Mark Pryor who's probably the most vulnerable of the bunch there who are up for re-election," she noted. "He's losing, basically, his race, and he's not supporting an increase."

Tax reform, she added, "is impossible any time — it's like immigration reform."

"You simply can't take it up without dividing everybody on it," she said. "2014 is not the year this is going to happen."

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