NBC Turning on Obamacare?
Among conservatives, NBC and its sister station MSNBC have embarrassing reputations. Over the last two weeks, however, the station’s hosts, guests, and others have shown even they can’t ignore the utter disaster that is Obamacare.
First it was Morning Joe, which had its entire roundtable slamming the rollout of the health care law, as well as prominent former Obamacare cheerleader Ezra Klein. This week, Klein again criticized the law – this time on MSNBC’s All In – going against famously liberal Obamacare supporter Joan Walsh.
But it’s not just Klein or Joe Scarborough – The Cycle co-host Krystal Ball also slammed the law. While her accusations that conservatives are liars with “malicious and destructive claims” are incendiary, her conclusion is right on the money:
Ball noted that Democrats risk their brand as the party of good government with a failed roll-out. She went on to say that she is “disappointed” in her liberal friends for not being more honest about the failed ACA debut.
“We’re not like them,” she said. “We’re supposed to be the one whose tell it straight even when it’s not convenient.”
“To those who say by pointing out the failing of the website we’re giving comfort to the GOP propagandists, I would say this: we are not the ones giving comfort to the propagandists, the failing website, which is keeping people from signing up for health care, is what has given them comfort,” the MSNBC host concluded.
Finally, just this morning, NBC’s David Gregory hopped on the bandwagon:
The bungled launch of Obamacare’s federal exchanges may be confirming Republicans’ various warnings about the health-care laws, says Meet the Press host David Gregory. He also said that Obamacare’s “caricature of incompetence” thus far may doom the law if the administration doesn’t address the problems soon.
Because of the website’s issues, Gregory said, the Obama administration may also miss out on the window to enroll younger people, who are crucial to the law’s success. “The question I think you’ll see more and more going into next year is, ‘Is this too big, too complicated for the federal government to administer?’” he said on Morning Joe on Friday.
Just a few weeks ago, it was only “extreme,” terrorist-like Tea Partiers saying Obamacare can’t work. Now MSNBC is hopping on board.
Who’s next? Senate Democrats?