It’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: