Reid began by pointing out how disingenuous David and Charles Koch were being with their misinformation campaign against Obamacare.
“Despite all that good news, there’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they’re being told all over America,” Reid said.
“The leukemia patient whose insurance policy was canceled, could die without her medication … that’s an ad being paid for by two billionaire brothers. It’s absolutely false. Or the woman whose insurance policy went up $700 a month — ads paid for around America by the multibillionaire Koch brothers, and the ad is false.”
Reid is referring to the aggressive ad campaigns, paid for almost exclusively by the billionaire brothers, that targets Democratic (and some moderate Republican) lawmakers who voted for Obamacare. Their ads have been running any many states with Democrats up for reelection that Republican strategists consider to be vulnerable this year. They are betting on the fact that Obamacare is still a dirty word in some parts of the country, despite the 4 million people it’s now given health coverage to.
The Koch’s primary political group is Americans For Prosperity, which is used as a weapon made of solid Koch-owned gold. After the losses in 2012, the Koch’s vowed to spend even more money next time and they have made good on that promise. So far, the AFP has outspent every Republican group combined.
Of course Reid saying what is demonstrably true set off the usual backlash. Republicans demanded an apology and Reid eventually gave them one – in the most backhanded way possible.
“I can’t say that every one of the Koch brothers ads are a lie, but I’ll say this … the vast, vast majority of them are,” Reid said on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s too bad that they are trying to buy America. And it’s time that the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers, who are about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine.”