Andrea Mitchell on Obama Delaying ObamaCare: ‘One Thing That Really Undermines His Case Against the Republicans in Congress’

NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell had some surprisingly tough words for President Obama regarding the role ObamaCare will play in the upcoming midterm elections.

Speaking to David Gregory on the March 23rd “Meet the Press” Mitchell commented that President Obama’s decision to unilaterally delay certain aspects of ObamaCare was the “one thing that really undermines his case against the Republicans in Congress.” [See video below.]

Mitchell’s remarks came after Gregory observed that “If a Republican president were being this selective about the law, there'd be an outcry on the part of those who were supporters of ObamaCare.” Despite Mitchell’s criticism of Obama’s handling of ObamaCare, the MSNBC host felt the need to take a quick jab at the GOP and remarked that they “did these endless, useless votes to try to eliminate the law, which they knew they weren't going to win. That was all symbolic.”

Despite Mitchell’s brief swipe at Republicans, she continued to criticize Obama’s handling of the health care law:

For him to now be unilaterally saying, "Well, we're not going to implement this and we're not going to implement that," I think it does undermine his case. He issued a statement today saying, "This is the fourth anniversary and costs have come down." Some of those costs would've come down in any case because of the continuing slow recovery to the Fed.

Kudos to Ms. Mitchell for offering a perspective on ObamaCare that rarely makes it onto NBC’s airwaves. Hopefully her candor will find its way over to MSNBC and provide some much needed sanity to the all-liberal network.  

 

See relevant transcript below.


Meet the Press

March 23, 2014

10:55 a.m. Eastern

 DAVID GREGORY: Can I ask Andrea, can I ask this political question? What are the implications of the president deciding unilaterally how and when to implement aspects of ObamaCare? If a Republican president were being this selective about the law, there'd be an outcry on the part of those who were supporters of ObamaCare.

ANDREA MITCHELL: Yeah, I think that is one thing that really undermines his case against the Republicans in Congress. Stop messing around with the law. What he has said from the beginning is, "Fix the problems." And they did these endless, useless votes to try to eliminate the law, which they knew they weren't going to win. That was all symbolic. But for him to now be unilaterally saying, "Well, we're not going to implement this and we're not going to implement that," I think it does undermine his case. He issued a statement today saying, "This is the fourth anniversary and costs have come down." Some of those costs would've come down in any case because of the continuing slow recovery to the fed.

Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center.