A day after a high-ranking Medicare official estimated that "30 to 40 percent" of ObamaCare's federal exchange hasn't even been built more than a month after its rollout, CNN's Chris Cuomo actually challenged the notion that ObamaCare is "not working."
"How can we say it's not working when it isn't implemented yet? How can you say premiums are skyrocketing when they haven't put the plans into effect yet?" Cuomo asked Sen. Ted Cruz, on Wednesday's New Day, after Cruz stated that the law "isn't working, let's start over." [Video below the break. Audio here.]
Cuomo accused Cruz of being "dangerous" and Cruz bristled at the implication:
CUOMO: You're being a little dangerous with how much political spin you put on something that's so central to the well being of so many families?
CRUZ: Well, I appreciate the adjective you tossed my way.
Of course, estimates are already warning of premium increases and millions of Americans have received insurance cancellation notices. Cuomo wouldn't even allow Republicans to write off ObamaCare, though, and pestered Cruz to give an alternative.
CUOMO: You don't think that you have a responsibility as a U.S. senator to do better than that in terms of offering a solution for what to do next?
CRUZ: Well, I -- I appreciate your trying to lecture me in the morning. Thank you for that.
And after lecturing the senator on bipartisanship, Cuomo had one last obnoxious question for him:
"[I]t's great to see the bipartisanship. Is this your green eggs and ham moment, perhaps, Senator where you've now tried it and it turns out that you like it? You like working with members from the other side and you can get to work on finding solutions instead of just opposing Obamacare and helping with debt relief?"
Just last Friday, Cuomo argued that the millions whose insurance plans were cancelled comprised only "one slice" of the crowd, and asked if that controversy wasn't a "straw man" laid by Republicans to "distract" the media.
So the insurance cancellations might just be a GOP "straw man" and ObamaCare is "central to the well being of so many families"? That sounds like spin from the brother of New York's Democratic governor.