Fox News Interview Meant to Bash Obamacare Goes Terribly Wrong for the Network (Video)

tucker-carlson-obamacareIt’s no secret that Republicans oppose the Affordable Care Act. Well, I guess I should put it more accurately – Republicans oppose anything President Obama supports which includes the Affordable Care Act. After all, this was originally a GOP idea that was actually passed by 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts.


Since the law’s passage, Republicans have done just about everything they possibly can to overload Americans with misinformation so that they really don’t know what is or isn’t real. There have been fear-mongering campaigns that have included everything from death panels, to a government takeover of our health care system, to claims that the law will decrease the average American’s life expectancy. Their anti-Obamacare rhetoric has ranged from comical at times to flat-out absurd.

So it should come as no surprise that Fox News has been a leading culprit pushing Obamacare misinformation, often setting up interviews with supposed “victims” of the law to continue to perpetuate the myth that it’s doing more harm than good… even though it’s not.

Take for instance an interview Tucker Carlson just conducted with a Colorado man named Steven Roussel to discuss an issue with the state’s website that mistakenly caused around 3,600 residents to lose their health plans. Though it should be pointed out that the plans that were cancelled were being retroactively fixed to cover residents from January 1 and the state has said they’re fixing the issue.

And while this interview was clearly meant to bash the Affordable Care Act, almost immediately it did not go how the conservative entertainment channel had hoped.

“So, before I ask you what happened next, can you just give us a little background here?” Carlson asked. “Were you happy or dissatisfied with your healthcare before Obamacare?”

“Well, I didn’t have any healthcare before the Affordable Healthcare Act went in,” Roussel explained. “And it was because of that, that I was actually able to afford it. However, this year with the premiums jumping up, I have to make a little bit more of a tighter budget to figure out how to pay for the extra premiums that are coming my way.”

I wanted to highlight that part for the sheer irony of it all. Here we have a prominent Fox News host trying to set this guy up to bash the Affordable Care Act and the first thing he does is admit he didn’t have health insurance before and could only afford it after the law had been passed.

“So, you were the guy they passed Obamacare for,” Carlson said. “You had your policy canceled, you were signed up for something you didn’t want, you had never heard of, never asked for.”

What you just saw there, that’s called a conservative news host realizing that the entire point of the interview is now basically garbage (to have an American on the networking bashing how terrible the law is) because the guy just admitted that he’s one of the millions of Americans who’s actually benefitting from the law despite the glitches.

And then it got worse for Fox News after Carlson once again tried to set him to bash the health care law.


“It’s not necessarily the president’s fault,” Roussel pointed out. “It’s more the CEO’s fault that knew about the glitch in the system and did nothing about it. And now, he’s backpedaling in order to figure out exactly how to fix it for the 3,700 Coloradoans that no longer have insurance.”

Ouch. So, in one interview not only did this man admit that he only gained health care coverage after the passage of the ACA, but he’s not blaming the law or President Obama for the issue some Colorado residents faced – but rather the CEO who knew about the issue with the system and did nothing about it.

The only way this interview could have gone worse for Fox News would have been if the guy had gone on a “I love President Obama” rant followed by a story where having health care for the first time saved his life.

This was just a great example of Fox News clearly trying to lead someone they were interviewing into confirming a narrative that they were trying desperately to push – and failing miserably at it.

Watch the interview via Fox News:


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • u_go_guys

    The typical Fox viewer heard nothing except “Obamacare bad”. There is no way they heard anything else because “nuance, subtle thinking and critical insight are well beyond the grasp”.

    • Jim Bean

      Right – a ‘nuance’ being the thing that only the most brilliant of liberal intellects can detect that exposes the thing that walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck to actually be F’n hair dryer.

      • Rob Bailey

        There is a ton of literature out there describing how liberals and conservatives think. The former do.

      • Greg Matre’

        The reason Liberals LOVE O’FailureDon’tCare, is because Liberalism is Covered as a Mental Disorder….

      • Jim Bean

        I know liberals are much less risk adverse and that is why they experience so much more misfortune.

      • Adam Smith

        I know you’re a fucking idiot.

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        jimbo been hitting the liquor cabinet again

      • markmac123

        Incoherent babble.

      • Cathryn Sykes

        Bean: Because you say something is so…doesn’t actually make it so. Give us some proof of your silly “duck versus hair dryer” assertion. Quote some credible sources. (Which lets out FOX News.) Come on, buddy, prove your point. I dare you!

  • Bruce swingline

    wow, loved the part where the idiot reporter “tried” to infer that Mr. Roussel had insurance the whole time, then got canceled and placed on a plan, that he didn’t want or like, even AFTER being told he had no insurance before the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Good job of misleading the audience, like they would know they were mislead. And the best part was the “OH, UMPH” part at the end when Mr. Roussel told him he blamed the CEO and not President Obama.

  • Keith

    The truth is I have insurance now and I could not get it for my wife and I because of preexisting conditions. We did have insurance for many years but the industry priced us out of being able to afford it.
    We make too much money for subsidies, but the ACA allowed us to purchase Insurance again.

    • rossbro

      Glad that you and MANY thousands of others with ‘ pre-existing conditions’ now get coverage thanks to the ACA.

      • Keith

        Me too, bankruptcy should not be the only safety net if we need health care

      • Greg Matre’

        To bad you need the government to tell you how you should live..?
        Unless you enjoy being on the Democrat Plantations…?

      • Keith

        I don’t need the government. I needed Insurance, I could not get it without the ACA.
        The men that work for me that are low income can now afford insurance too. I think that is a great deal even if it is subsidized. We subsidize Wall-Mart, why not provide my employees with a little help too?

      • Greg Matre’

        I set up a Health Care Savings Plan for my employees also… Of course I pay my employees where they aren’t low income…

      • Keith

        My employees make about 15% above my competition in the Residential housing construction but making 30 to 40 thousand a year with three kids still makes them eligible for subsidies.

      • Keith

        Oh, but I have a question, because I may be doing things wrong. I pay my insurance premiums out of my ” Health Care Savings account” and that is a lot more than $2,500 you said that we could contribute. I was paying for my health care insurance with untaxed money. Is that not legal now?

      • Rob Banks

        Yeah. I’m not a woman. I’m a Republican man. Government shouldn’t tell me how to live. But chicks? Yeah, government should tell them how they must live.
        No choice over reproduction and take less pay and no coverage for birth control either! Government should not tell a MAN how to live. But women should be under total observation by government all the time.
        Oh and Black voters too. Under gov control. Oh and people who own land where I want KXL. They should be under government control too. And Union workers too. Oh and the 47%ers too. And anyone I think is an illegal immigrant too. And…oh hell. Everyone except GOP white men should be under government control.
        After all the Democrats are taking away my freedom with their plantation of providing a tax credit for having health insurance. I mean, I want a tax credit too, but if YOU get it?……… it’s PLAN-TAY-SHUN!

      • Cathryn Sykes

        Wow. The last I heard, the government was not sending troops to my house to force me to sign up for Obamacare. What’s the penalty for not signing up? A whopping $95 a year? Considering that my bank charges me $25 a month if my balance drops below a certain point…or $300 a year–I can’t quite see that as a huge attack on my freedom. As for plantations, I have yet to see a Democrat toiling away with a hoe on anything but their own organic veggie patch. You’re an idiot, Matre.

    • Greg Matre’

      And, xince you most likely got a subisty… You will have to claim that as income..

      • Keith

        our income is too high to receive a subsidy

    • Greg Matre’

      Keith… I have a pre-existing condition since 1996… And, I have had insurance… It is called a Health Care Savings Plan… I use to be able to put into it $5,000.00 a year tax free… But, now only $2,500 a year… It IS all about CONTROL…

      • Rob Banks

        HSA? That’ s not insurance. It’s your own money being used to pay for qualified health expense. That’s all. And you can put $100 k into an HSA any time you want. It’s not limited to $2500. The AGI deduction is limited.
        Typical right wing moron. You think your personal tax credit is ok, but no one else can have a tax credit.

  • chapril

    I love that when they go against FOX and the answer is not what they want to hear they say “Thank you” and cut off the interview. Morons

    • Greg Matre’

      He was just another miss-info bot that belongs on The Democrat Plantation…
      YES.. Fox News didn’t vet this bot.. Their BAD…

      • Dingadingdong

        Greg do you have an actual point or do you just keep cutting and pasting your “insults” at “democrats”?(which You seem to think is an insult in and of itself and is somehow the definition for anyone who is benefiting from their newly obtained access to healthcare) Here are some fun facts for you to ponder about the positive effect ACA has had on our economy. Since the implementation of the ACA=10 million newly insured, slowest inflation for health care costs &premiums since the 1960’s,medicare has been drastically strengthened, and 2014 showed the best jobs growth since 1999…and the list goes on… Maybe you should ask yourself, “Greg, why am I so butt hurt that the ACA is not a failure for my country and my fellow citizens, despite the shitstorm of GOP zombie lies and doomsday predictions told to me by the leaders of my hometown on Bullshit Mountain?” Perhaps, it is time for you to move from that place before Sharia law and Ebola or something even WORSE conveniently resurface again, probably sometime around the 2016 campaign season, if you catch my drift.

  • Gnome

    Ok.. I am totally for Universal Health care.
    I’m really glad there is a foundation which it can grow.
    However, Instead of the Republican just trying to bash on it, or run it into the ground. Do you think you can do something more productive, like make changes where in needs to be improved.
    Republicans have this “IF OBAMA Past it” we should try and ruin it, idealism.
    This type of Behavior is unacceptable.
    Obama is passing laws because of this behavior.
    Your last Republican President put our economy in the toilet, and the one before that was his Daddy, which did the same, and Clinton got our economy out of the National Debt, just for Jr. to play Oil Tycoon with America’s debt.
    Our economy isn’t going to fully recover for about 5-10years.
    Healthcare will at least be there for it’s people.

    I throw the word Entitled around probably more then any Republican now days.
    I have strong opinions on Welfare, along with Voting Registration , Right to bare arms. Etc…
    But we are talking about HEALTHCARE people. Well being of it’s people.

    • Greg Matre’

      Just like every other Screwed up Democrat plan… Blame the Republicans … Because they won’t help FIX their Screw UP….?

      • Dingadingdong

        Still cutting and pasting….

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        shall we review the past 25 yrs of repub VS democrat policies and the results OF those policies upon ALL americans???
        Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm???????????

      • Charlie3

        The Republicans won’t do anything, but help the people who own them (the Koch bros., Sheldon Adelson, the uber wealthy and the big corporations) to dismantle the Federal Government , and replace it with a feudalistic state where 98% of the people labor in poverty, sickness, hunger, and ignorance while 2% of the population reap the benefits. That’s the GOP plan as per their overlords who are mentioned above.

    • Dingadingdong

      The GOP led House passed a repeal of the ACA today…for the 56th time!!! So, NO! They will NOT spend their time fine tuning the law and building upon its foundation, and NO, they have NOTHING to offer as an alternative to the ACA. Why? Because, even though they have fought this law tooth and nail, this is a watered down version of the REPUBLICAN HEALTHCARE PLAN, the one Romney gladly used when he was Gov. Of Massachusetts! It marks the last halfway decent idea the GOP had as a party, and it also gives one tiny example debunking their LIE that It is not them who will not compromise, but it is the president who will not compromise! BullSHIT! GOP BullShit! Again, just ONE example…ONE of COUNTLESS!

      • Cathryn Sykes

        BTW, for those of you who don’t know the Constitution well enough to know how things actually work in Washington, every one of those 56 votes was a totally bogus waste of money and the House GOPers knew it. Passing a bill in the House to repeal the ACA is just the start of a process that must include the passage of the bill in the Senate….and even then, if the President vetoes it, it can only become law if two-thirds of BOTH the House and the Senate vote to override the veto…and that is not going to happen. And the GOPers in Congress know that, too. So all these votes, costing about a million each, are nothing but an act, a circus, a fake…that we have to pay for.

      • Dingadingdong

        Thank you for that eloquent follow up! The utter waste of time and money with these little stunts should cause much more outrage and should cost the GOP many future voters! But sadly, they will pull the wool over the eyes of their faithful followers…as usual.

    • Nancy B

      I, too, believe in the right to bare arms! Probably much more than others because I live in the Caribbean, and it gets damn hot here.

  • Pipercat

    Ooops!

  • T Russell Morris

    this is what happens when you lie so often you think it’s normal and ASSUME whomever you are talking too lies just as often…until…lol

    • Greg Matre’

      Your RIGHT… He Lied to Fox News…!

  • rossbro

    The Party of Lies and Bullshit.

  • Cemetery Girl

    I like the look on his face as the guest says it isn’t the President’s fault. It was a look of “who screened this guy?!?!?”

  • Lou .Casacuberta

    so the persn writting this article believes republicans are out to get obama and that congress is too and now your saying the media is aswell ..your paranoid

    • angryelvis

      You’re an ignorant ass.

    • chiguy11

      Piggy backing what angryelvis said …. and stupid.

    • markmac123

      Pay the fuck attention.

    • Cathryn Sykes

      Lou: Please. Just the Republicans in general, the Republicans in Congress and the type of media that says that Obama is both a non-American and a traitor. (Can’t be both, but a minor point, a minor point.)

  • constance u

    Fox is a joke. I have purchased healthcare insurance through the ACA (Obamacare) and I’m very pleased with it. It is affordable.

  • Steven Roussel

    Hi Everyone this is Steven.. the guy in the interview. If only I had a few more seconds I could have at least said I would vote for the president again if I could! and then maybe let them know I am a GAY LIBERAL Democrat!

    • Rob Bailey

      I believe you protest a bit too much, Stevie. Top or bottom. And maybe you have a thing for Tucker? Just sayin’.

      • Dingadingdong

        Rob Bailey, What does that nonsense you typed have to do with ANYTHING he said???Nevermind…I don’t care what part of the neanderthal brain controls “human-ish sentence construction.” Ugh

      • Andy Kinnard

        Maybe so. So what?

    • Nancy B

      Steven, how on earth did Fox ever pick you to be interviewed?!? Thanks for your honesty, not to mention your bravery. I rate going on Fox about the same as a triple root canal with no painkillers. 🙂

  • chiguy11

    If you lost your health care Cherie because it didnt met ACA requirements, blame your insurance company. They strung you along for 2 or 3 years, taking your money KNOWING your policy didnt meet ACA requirements and they were going to cancel you.

    The penaly fee in 2015

    If you don’t have coverage in 2015, you’ll pay the higher of these two amounts:

    2% of your yearly household income. (Only the
    amount of income above the tax filing threshold, about $10,000 for an
    individual, is used to calculate the penalty.) The maximum penalty is
    the national average premium for a bronze plan.

    $325 per person FOR THE YEAR ($162.50 per child under 18). The maximum penalty per family using this method is $975.

    I pretty much can guantee the penalty is MUCH less than your premuims would been. Where can ANYBODY get insurance for less than $325 for the year. (OR EVEN $975 for a family… )

    • markmac123

      I’m sure Cheri isn’t interested in reading past your first sentence. And I’m not so sure she’s capable.

  • Greg Matre’

    I am 60 years old MAN… Why do I have to pay for pre-natole care… (see I can’t even spell it..) Or, ANYTHING to do with a WOMAN’S BODY…?????????/

    • Dingadingdong

      Oh GOD! You are NOT paying extra for ANYTHING like that!!! It IS INCLUDED in the required plans AT NO EXTRA COST! My GOD, why do FACTS NOT MATTER to you people!!??!!? I have a migraine now from the willful stupidity!!!! Please go back to your Glenn Beck mothership! Please!!!

    • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

      u need to read up on things,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, before U paint silly pictures showcasing your socio-economic ineptitude

    • Joe Parsons

      You know, you’re right. Also, unless you have school age children, you shouldn’t have to pay any portion of your taxes that would go to schools. And you should pay only for those roads you actually drive on. And your taxes should only go to pay for police training of those individuals who will actually serve in your neighborhood.

    • DavidD

      How’s your prostate getting along these days?

    • Nancy B

      I’m a 61 year old woman. Why should I have to pay for Viagra or prostate problems? Why did other 61 year old women pay for my daughter’s birth years ago? Because that’s how insurance works.

    • Cathryn Sykes

      I’m 63 and woman. Why do I have to pay for prostrate cancer coverage? The answer, of course, is that I don’t, and you don’t pay for prenatal care, you twit! Just like you don’t pay for care after a heart attack if you never have one. Just like you don’t pay for cancer if you never have cancer. And a bit of that premium pays for impotence treatment if you’re a man AND need it! and pre-natal care if you’re a woman and need it!

  • Greg Matre’

    Just like every other Screwed up Democrat plan… Blame the Republicans … Because they won’t help FIX their Screw UP. …… ?

  • DavidD

    Besides their horrible record of lying they just seem lazy.why didn’t carlson know the answers to the q