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Republicans Falsely Claim Sen. Harry Reid Opposes Helping Children with Cancer (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Republicans and conservatives falsely claimed today that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) does not want to help children with cancer.

Ironically, Republicans oppose extending health care coverage to an estimated 30 million uninsured Americans, including people with cancer, via Obamacare.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trials for pediatric cancer and other sicknesses came to a halt after the federal government shutdown.

House Republicans are now picking certain parts of the U.S. government to fund, such as the NIH, instead of passing the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the entire U.S. government and Obamacare.

During a press conference today, Sen. Reid was discounting the idea that the GOP can "pick and choose" which parts of the U.S. government should be funded.

The moment in question was when CNN reporter Dana Bash asked Sen. Reid, "If you can help one child with cancer, why wouldn't you?"

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) interjected, "Why pit one against the other?" in reference to House Republicans choosing to fund the NIH, but not Obamacare, noted MediaMatters.org (video below).

In response to Sen. Schumer, Sen. Reid replied, "Why would we want to do that?"

Republican House Speaker John Boehner's website published a false record of the exchange, editing out Sen. Schumer:

CNN: “If you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?”

Sen. Reid: “Why would we want to do that?”

The conservative Free Beacon published the same deception, editing out Sen. Schumer:

BASH: But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?

REID: Why would we want to do that? I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless.

The Daily Mail was caught pulling the same trick:

"If you can help one child, why won't you do it?'"asked CNN reporter Dana Bash.

"Why, why, why would we want to do that?" countered Reid.

Conservatives and Republicans also parroted the false claim on Twitter throughout the day.

Joe Scarborough tweeted: "BASH: But if you can help one child with cancer, why wouldn't you do it? REID: Why would we want to do that?"

Right wing radio host Hugh Hewitt also parroted the claim on Twitter: "Reid: ‘Why Would We Want To’ Help One Kid With Cancer? http://shar.es/KITKR  via @sharethis."

Sources: Speaker.gov, Twitter, Daily Mail, MediaMatters.org, Free Beacon