Fox News Helps President Obama Pass Healthcare

Fox News Does Their Part to help Pass Healthcare
Baier was no match for Obama
Tonight on FNC’s Special Report with Bret Baier, President Barack Obama effortlessly rolled through an at times combative interview with Baier, who tried to talk about special deals on the healthcare bill and emails from “the people” who oppose healthcare reform, but Obama was more than up to the task as he used Fox News to push his own healthcare reform message.

Here is the video:

Baier came right out the gate with the Fox News anti-healthcare stance by asking about the Slaughter Solution. Obama answered, “What I can tell you is that the vote that’s taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform. And if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform. And I don’t think we should pretend otherwise. Bret, let me finish. If they don’t, if they vote against, then they’re going to be voting against health care reform and they’re going to be voting in favor of the status quo. So Washington gets very concerned about these procedural issues in Congress. This is always an issue that’s — whether Republicans are in charge or Democrats in charge — when Republicans are in charge, Democrats constantly complain that the majority was not giving them an opportunity, et cetera. What the American people care about is the fact that their premiums are going up 25, 40, 60 percent, and I’m going to do something about it.”

Baier pressed the president for an answer on the Slaughter Solution, and Obama said, “What I’m saying is whatever they end up voting on — and I hope it’s going to be sometime this week — that it is going to be a vote for or against my health care proposal. That’s what matters. That’s what ultimately people are going to judge this on. If people don’t believe in health care reform — and I think there are definitely a lot of people who are worried about whether or not these changes are, in some fashion, going to affect them adversely. And I think those are legitimate concerns on the substance — then somebody who votes for this bill, they’re going to be judged at the polls. And the same is going to be true if they vote against it.”

The host then shifted gears and read some anti-healthcare emails from Fox News viewers. Obama countered with, “I’ve got the exact same e-mails, that I could show you, that talk about why haven’t we done something to make sure that I, a small business person, am getting as good a deal as members of Congress are getting, and don’t have my insurance rates jacked up 40 percent? Why is it that I, a mother with a child with a preexisting condition, still can’t get insurance? So the issue that I’m concerned about is whether not we’re fixing a broken system.

Baier later brought up the GOP talking point that Obama is transforming one sixth of the American economy, but the president rebutted this claim, “Now, you keep on repeating the notion that it’s one-sixth of the economy. Yes, it’s one-sixth of the economy, but we’re not transforming one-sixth of the economy all in one fell swoop. What we’re saying is is that for the vast majority of people who have health care, they’re going to be able to keep it. But what we are saying is that we should have some basic protections from insurance company abuses and that in order for us to do that, we are going to have to make some changes in the status quo that we’ve been debating for a year.”

It went on and on with the overmatched Fox Newser trying desperately to make Obama look like the dictator/raging socialist that his network portrays him as, while Obama kept chugging along and selling healthcare reform. Obama excels in these kinds of situations. Unlike George W. Bush, he thrives off of a hostile audience. Why haven’t the Republicans realized that they are playing right into President Obama’s hands? Fox News provided Obama with the perfect sounding board to bring healthcare home successfully. You would think that at some point the GOP and Fox News would realize that they are helping Obama every time that they feebly challenge him.

8 Replies to “Fox News Helps President Obama Pass Healthcare”

  1. The Republican Clown Show Network unintentionally schools itself again. I can see justice in motion from my kitchen window…making her slow, steady way toward the iceberg that is the lying liars of the Korporatist Party.

    Or is that Putin? Gosh, it’s confusin’ in Real Amerika.

  2. I don’t really like that Obama went on Fox News … it legitimizes them as a real “news” organization.

  3. I like that Obama hammered home the fact that fixing America’s health care problem is the right thing to do, and it’s way past due anyway. I also like the way Obama spoke about his plan keeping the insurance company “abuses” in check, badda-BING!!

  4. I don’t think it was a fault of Obama that his answer wasn’t realized… more like Baier didn’t get the answer he wanted or expected so he just ignored it.

    The one that pops to mind is when Baier asked about the deals and Obama stated that he had gone through every deal and only left those that were uniform across the country. Such as the fact that any state that had a natural disaster got the “louisiana deal”.

  5. Could you imagine W. being in the same interview. Now that is something that i would like to see. I have many clients that cannot get health insurance because of pre-existing conditions and others whose premiums keep going up. The next question is usually answered, “because insurance companies only want the healthiest people so they can make their profits.” The question is, “why won’t they take me because of my pre-existing condition?” I hope some day i can tell people that they can get health insurance and you can thank Obama for that.

  6. It’s amazing what different perceptions people have! I watched this interview in its entirety and I’m afraid that “The Great One” did not “outmatch” Brett Baier at all. In fact, Baier had him on the defensive with real concerns that people actually have about this monstrosity of a bill. I did not feel that Obama adequately addressed these concerns at all. What he did convince me of yet again is that he doesn’t really know what all is in the bill, that he doesn’t understand all of the unintended consequences of the bill, that he believes he is smarter than everyone else and that the American people need to be lectured to because they’re not intelligent enough to figure things out for themselves. I am a loyal FOX viewer but have not always been. I only turned to FOX during the election when it became abundantly clear that the mainstream media was not objectively covering the election. I had to turn to FOX to get any kind of news that didn’t shine a light up the holy one’s arse. I have recently begun watching CNN a little since they have been embarrassed by not covering news stories that put the administration in a bad light. I like sifting through various information outlets and forming my own opinion. That being said, Obama the Great did not change my feelings about this bill at all. It is bad. If it was not bad, the Democratic leadership would not have to twist arms, give so many special deals, give Air Force One rides, and come up with creative legislative processes to get the thing passed by it’s own party members. Think about that.

  7. As a Democrat, I thought Obama did poorly. This was a case where his ego got him into trouble. Each side may of been reinforced in their own beliefs, but Obama said one thing that pretty much says no one can ever trust him:

    “When you talk about 1/6 of the economy. This is one-sixth of the economy that right now is a huge drag on the economy. Now we can fix this in a way that is sensible, that is centrist. I have rejected a whole bunch of provisions that the left wanted that, are, they were very adamant about because I thought it would be too disruptive to the system.”

    By when had he decided this. During the 2008 primary campaign when he told us exactly the opposite to get our votes? By last year when he spoke live to his Organizing For America campaign and said he supported the public option and other progressive proposals that were stripped out of the bill? By this spring when his administration was saying this and he was saying that the public option was essential and he’d risk his presidency to pass the health care reform as he described it at that time?

    If this wasn’t his plan all along, how come he only became actively engaged once the right-wing Senate bill had been passed and then only to push it over House opposition?

    If this bill is defeated, it may be his hubris that led him to do the Fox interview that didn’t go all that well and which led to this startling admission will be to blame.

  8. I just paid $3.00 a gallon for gas. Bush must have lied and not handed over the presidency to Obama. How can gas still be that high and a Democrat be in office?

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