MSNBC’s ‘Politics Nation’, hosted by Al Sharpton, put on a laughable display of denial and spin about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Careful to no longer call it Obamacare, the label once embraced by president Obama and now shunned, guest Ed Rendell dove into Sharpton’s fantasy world head first.
Rendell pretended that it was a “great week for the ACA” because they now had the kinks out of the rollout. With thousands of people finding they are not insured even after having signed up for an insurance plan, one has to wonder about Rendell’s definition of “kinks”. He also tried to convince us that the ACA is making the Republicans look bad:
“The sad part for Republicans is that it is only going to get worse for them – people are going to find that this bill, the 31 million who never had health care are going to find, that it’s like manna from heaven, and the other people they’re going to find they got better plans and they got their freedom to choose – they can compare and they can shop which we never had the ability to do in America…the Republicans better find another horse to ride because they can’t ride this one.”
On ‘Fox News Sunday’ over the weekend, Obamacare architect Zeke Emanuel defined that ‘freedom to choose’ thusly: “…if you want to pay more for an insurance company that covers your doctor, you can do that. This is a matter of choice”. One always had the “ability” in America to pay more for what they want and Rendell calling this a gift of “freedom to choose” provided by Obamacare makes no sense.
It is interesting that Rendell caught himself and quickly changed “people” to “the 31 million” uninsured who will find the ACA like “manna from heaven” because they are the only ones who will reap the benefits of large subsidies. The “people”, 90% of the American population, are going to have to pay more and lose their plans and doctors to provide this “manna”.
Al Sharpton said about the ACA that “success seems to be more and more obvious”, but the only thing obvious is his denial. Some say he is not that dense to believe his own rhetoric but that, too, is not so obvious.
David J. Hentosh