Boehner & Reid's backroom deal to keep Congress's Obamacare subsidies

Reid's leaked emails from Boehner show collusion to keep Congress's Obamacare subsidies. Will it impact grassroots support for the GOP? Photo: AP Photo

WASHINGTON, October 2, 2013 — This morning, Glenn Beck highlighted a story from Politico detailing collusion between Republican leaders and Democrats to maintain heath insurance subsidies.

The American people have been led to believe that Speaker John Boehner was leading the Republican charge against these subsidies. As part of their back and forth tactics with the Senate prior to the shutdown of the government, the House removed the tax-payer funded subsidies for Congress. Boehner even stood on the floor of the House and said, “Why don’t we make sure that every American is treated just like we are?”

Boehner, who has come under fire by the grassroots for not standing strong for conservative principles, was championed for this stance in favor of the American people regarding Obamacare.

But, the Politico story revealed that Boehner’s stand was nothing but political theater.

From Politico:

Yet behind-the-scenes, Boehner and his aides worked for months with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and others, to save these very same, long-standing subsidies, according to documents and e-mails provided to POLITICO. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was also aware of these discussions, the documents show.

During a five-month period stretching from February to July, Boehner and his aides sought along with Reid’s office to solve what had become a big headache for both of them. They drafted and reviewed a possible legislative fix, as well as continued to push for an administrative one from the Office of Personnel Management.

Boehner aides insist there was never any intention to move legislation through the House to correct the problem. McConnell was also opposed to any legislation approach to the controversy, said spokesman Don Stewart.
Boehner and Reid, however, went so far as to ask to meet with President Barack Obama to lobby him personally for help — using a cover story in order to protect the secrecy of the discussions, according to these documents.

It gets worse.

In mid-July, as Boehner and Reid were trying to schedule a private meeting with Obama on the super-sensitive topic, the speaker’s top aide said it was okay to use a cover story to conceal the true nature of that prospective White House gathering.

“We can’t let it get out there that this is for [Boehner] and [Reid] to ask the President to carve us out of the requirement of Obamacare,” Sommers told David Krone, Reid’s top aide in a July 17 e-mail obtained by POLITICO.

“This is a little bit more difficult because it isn’t a routine meeting, as [Nancy] Pelosi and [Mitch] McConnell won’t be there. I am even ok if it is the President hauling us down to talk about the next steps on immigration.”

(Read more at Politico.)

Glenn Beck read the letter this morning on his radio show, bringing the issue to the attention of the American people. Beck was livid at the collusion between the House Majority leader from the GOP and the Senator Majority leader from the Democrats, going so far as to call Boehner ‘a lying thief’ who is ‘not who he says he is’.

Beck said that if the letter does not give Republicans in the House the impetus to demand Boehner’s resignation, then he is done with the Republican Party.

Beck has recommended beginning #DefundtheGOP on Twitter until Boehner is removed as Speaker, vowing to not donate one dime to the party until Boehner is gone and the kabuki theater ends.

The grassroots was largely responsible for the GOP obtaining the majority in the House in 2010 and retaining it in 2012. Will they be responsible for the ousting of Boehner as speaker due to this, as Glenn Beck put it, ‘stabbing in the back’?

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Jennifer Burke is the Senior Writer for and the Online Editor/Contributor for the Tea Party News Network ( She had her political awakening at the Porkulus Tea Party in Seattle in February 2009, credited with being on of the first tea parties in the country. Jennifer was a speaker at the Seattle Tax Day Tea Party at Westlake Center on April 15, 2010 as well as at the WA 4 WI rally in support of Scott Walker. She has assisted with social networking training through the Washington State based Freedom Foundation, was the Grassroots Coordinator for the Washington State Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, and was a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI).

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