Sean Hannity got into a heated exchange with Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) over the Obamacare “subsidy exemption” available to members of Congress. The debate hit its peak when Hannity offered the congressman a $10,000 bet to benefit charity if he could prove that members of Congress will not receive a “special subsidy” that the American people don’t have access to.
“If big business gets a special exemption, do you think it’s fair that individuals did not get the same exemption? And similarly, you and Congress are getting the subsidy exemption that the rest of us are not getting with Obamacare. Is that fair?” Hannity began.
Pascrell claimed that members of Congress are not technically getting an Obamacare subsidy.
“It’s the employers contribution to health care like any company or any federal agency. We’re not getting anything more than anybody else,” Pascrell said.
Hannity countered by pointing out that the federal government’s “contribution” is a whopping 72 percent.
“Can I get the 72 percent?” Hannity asked. “I can’t.”
Pascrell defending himself by claiming that Republicans will be fighting to make sure they have coverage too once the current budget battle “blows over.”
Later in the segment, Hannity offered Pascrell a $10,000 bet, “you’re charity against mine,” that Congress has a “special subsidy that the American people don’t have.”
“You gonna take the bet, congressman?” the Fox News host asked, his volume getting louder. “Are you gonna take the bet?!”
“No,” Pascrell replied.
“That’s because you’re lying! That’s why,” Hannity shot back.
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The New Jersey Democrat told his host that he only talks to people that are “straight” and said he was just afraid of how successful Obamacare is going to be.
“Yeah, OK. So you’re full of crap,” Hannity concluded before abruptly shutting down the interview.