MSNBC’s Roberts Spins For Dems On ObamaCare: Private Insurers 'Boondoggled' Public
Following shocking revelations exposed by NBC News that the Obama Administration knew millions of Americans would lose their health insurance under ObamaCare, the folks at MSNBC have been doing their best to provide cover for President Obama and Democrats in Congress.
Despite this damning revelation, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts sees private insurance companies as the real culprit, not ObamaCare which forces consumers to purchase insurance benefits they do not need. Roberts claims that the problem is:
Not so much about defending Igor [Volsky] to their constituents, but explaining to constituents that you had a subpar junk policy that does not meet a mandated requirement of quality care in our country. Basically, you were being boondoggled to pay for something worthless. [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.]
According to Roberts, Americans are too stupid to realize the type of insurance they purchased and need a government “mandated requirement of quality care in our country” to rescue them from the private insurance plan that they like and want to keep.
Roberts’ attempts to spin on behalf of ObamaCare didn’t stop there, instead choosing to double-down on his disdain of private insurance companies:
The shame should really be on the private insurers that have had a lack of good regulation for years and now how they're trying to charge everybody is just kind of ridiculous. So more regulation is coming over that.
Not only does Roberts blame the insurance companies for supposedly “boondoggling” Americans into buying “worthless” insurance plans, but believes that the insurance industry must be regulated even more. Nowhere in the segment does the MSNBC host bother considering that consumers may have preferred an insurance plan that only covers certain benefits that they actually need rather than being forced into a plan that is a “mandated requirement of quality care.” Instead, Roberts is perfectly content serving as a shill for the Obama Administration and its failed attempts to sell ObamaCare to the American public.
See relevant transcript below.
October 31, 2013
11:06 a.m. Eastern
THOMAS ROBERTS: It did seem like a three-point strategy of coming out to admit mistakes and apologize for it. Explain the failures and then try to raise the confidence of the American people to seek a second chance make a better first impression on a 2.0. But Igor, our NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is showing that 47% of people think ObamaCare is now a bad idea. While 37% think ObamaCare is a good idea. And we have Senator John Thune who appeared on Morning Joe today suggesting that many democrats may be seeing the Republican side of things when it comes to the ACA. Take a listen.
JOHN THUNE: You’re going to see more democrats coming to the view that we ought to delay this. Maybe there will be some movements; some cracks among Democrats who are already starting to see that who are recognizing that this is very hard to defend with their constituents who are seeing these canceled policies and these insurance rate increases.
ROBERTS: So is it not so much about defending Igor to their constituents, but explaining to constituents that you had a subpar junk policy that does not meet a mandated requirement of quality care in our country. Basically, you were being boondoggled to pay for something worthless.
IGOR VOLSKY: I think that’s right. And now that policy’s going away because the insurer really shifted all of the costs and risks of coverage on to you and you have to pay more and that in the new policy and more comprehensive policy, while your up-front premium may be more, your overall health care costs could lower because more is covered and at the end of the day if you have some kind of condition or some kind of disease you are going to be paying less for coverage.
ROBERTS: The shame should really be on the private insurers that have had a lack of good regulation for years and now how they're trying to charge everybody is just kind of ridiculous. So more regulation is coming over that.