Halperin On Obamacare: "No Doubt That The Press Failed To Scrutinize This Program"


LAURA INGRAHAM: The president always seems to see things in terms of political solutions or political responses. So the response here is, 'We have got to rebrand. We have got to sell it differently. We have to have a new ad. We have to have the website have more colors, whatever it is.' But isn't this more than a branding problem? This is a technical problem. It's a policy problem. It's a substantive problem. It’s not just about whether Obama’s legacy is intact or progressive ideas in the future are doing well. These are real concerns that were expressed frankly back in 2008, 2009, and into 2010. And forgive me, but I don’t think TIME magazine was doing cover stories on a lot of the concerns that were raised back then that were routinely dismissed by many in the media as ideological, as just mean-spirited. Turns out most of the Republican concerns about Obamacare were right.

MARK HALPERIN: Laura, there is no doubt that the press failed to scrutinize this program at the time of passage and during the context of the president’s reelection. I think any reporter who would argue otherwise would be putting their head in the sand. As we write in Double Down, the problem for the Republicans in the reelection context was you nominated, Republicans nominated Mitt Romney, a guy who was not very well positioned, to say the least, to make the case against Obamacare because he passed the healthcare plan in Massachusetts.

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