Harry Reid Invokes 'One of My Rich Friends From Nevada' to Dispel Obamacare 'Rumors'

By Susan Jones | October 8, 2013 | 10:42 AM EDT

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Pointing to a front-page story in Sunday's New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid complained on Tuesday that "very, very rich people in America who don't believe in government" are using Obamacare "as a conduit to shut down the government."

The effort, according to the newspaper article, is being led by U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese and the Koch brothers -- who are "raising and spending hundreds of millions of dollars to get us where we are now," Reid said.

Reid mentioned the article to complain that the democratic process has been turned on its head by rich people. And then he mentioned a "rich" friend of his own, to describe some of the rumors about Obamacare that are "floating around."

"One of my rich friends from Nevada called me on Friday. He said, 'Harry, I'm down here in Southern California getting a little cosmetic surgery.' And he said, 'My anesthesiologist told me that one of his friends, who was a general surgeon, took somebody's gall bladder out, and you know how much money he got back for that?' And I said no, I don't know. And he said, $58 dollars. He said, 'That's what Obamacare's all about.'

"I said...that's not possible because Obamacare -- that aspect of it -- doesn't kick in 'til January first. He said, 'Are you sure you're right?'"

"These are the rumors floating around out there about Obamacare," Reid said.

He insisted that Democrats will work with Republicans to improve the law, but not under the current conditions.