In an episode that featured plenty of ObamaCare criticism from the president’s typical allies, MSNBC’s Morning Joe still found room for the law’s cheerleaders. On Thursday’s show, co-host Mika Brzezinski despaired over the fact that Bill Clinton advised President Obama to keep his promise to the country and allow people to keep their health care plans if they like them. The fact that Clinton was not explicitly siding with Obama caused Brzezinski to mourn, “Is anyone going to help out at this point, or is it so convoluted that we are holding onto hope at this point? Cause I believe in the concept of this law. I want it to work.”
Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, sitting on the panel, confessed to being a “believer” in the law as well. Going further than Brzezinski, she actually had the nerve to complain about the people who have been forced out of plans they like by ObamaCare: [Video below. MP3 audio here.]
"The people who are locked out, the ones who have a plan they like, those people can never be made happy. Because the whole point of ObamaCare is you’re all in. They have crappy policies; they don't even know it, perhaps. They’ll be better off eventually."
Talk about condescending. Don’t worry about all the people who will be forced out of their current health insurance, because they miss the whole point of ObamaCare. The whole point is to suck everybody into the system and replace “crappy” policies with “better” ones. And those ignorant souls might not even know their policies are crappy, but that’s okay because we’ll make them better off.
That comment really captures the cold-hearted arrogance of liberal central planners.
Below is a transcript of the segment:
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Margaret, you write, ‘Bill Clinton's Non-Rescue of ObamaCare.’ And I’ll just read a bit of it. “Bill Clinton can be great. He can be terrible. He mostly means well but he can't resist mischief. After he appeared at the Democratic convention in 2012, President Barack Obama added him to his cabinet as the secretary of explaining stuff. But wow, did he hurt the case for ObamaCare by telling Obama that he should make good on his promise.” And it goes on and on. Is anyone going to help out at this point or is it so convoluted that we are holding on to hope at this point? ‘Cause I believe in the concept of this law. I want it to work.
MARGARET CARLSON: I'm a believer, but as Steve says, you pull the thread. The people who are locked out, the ones who have a plan they like, those people can never be made happy. Because the whole point of ObamaCare is you’re all in. They have crappy policies; they don't even know it, perhaps. They’ll be better off eventually. The fact that the store is locked, they can't find out there’s something better. And when you begin to toy with it, this is when you have problems. Now I think Congress needs a vote for their own reelections to say listen, we want you, those who – we want to carry out Obama's promise to you so that you’re not slammed in the election. On the other hand, I don’t think – and Bill Clinton knows above all people, I mean he's an expert on this and he is the secretary of explaining stuff – you may never be able to do this. I think the reason we’re hearing so many of these awful stories is they can't get in the store.
SEN. CLAIRE MCCASKILL: Well, they can window-shop now, and one thing I want to encourage people to do is go on Localhelp.healthcare.gov. When I went on Localhelp.healthcare.gov and put in my zip code, up came 60 places in St. Louis where I could call for information, where I could go for information. There is a lot of ways to window shop now. And I think as people do that, Americans are great shoppers. If they figure out that there are alternatives to the crappy policies they may have now that are affordable, I think some of this goes away. The question is how quickly and what are the political consequences?