During a town hall-style agricultural symposium in Mankato, Minn., on Wednesday, Democratic lawmakers were left speechless after a citizen asked a very simple question about Obamacare.
The question: “I thought the Affordable Care Act would save $2500 per family. What happened?”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tim Walz, both of Minnesota, seemingly didn’t know how to respond. In fact, the room erupted in laughter after the two just stared at each other. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who also attended the meeting, was the only one prepared to respond.
“I voted ‘no’, so I’ll let these guys handle that,” he said, sparking applause from the audience.
The uncomfortable moment underscores the reality that many Democrats are trying to distance themselves from Obamacare and even President Barack Obama heading into the midterm elections.
Walz eventually managed to piece together a response, which Morrissey says is the “line that Democrats will use in their defense in the midterms.”
“This health discussion has got to be broader, it’s got to point out where there are weaknesses and failures, it’s got to make sure we’re not leaving people behind or distorting the system,” the lawmaker said. “But don’t pretend there was some type of safe harbor before this where everything was just peachy keen.”
Pushing back at that assertion, Hot Air notes that before Obamacare was passed, Gallup reported in 2009 that “85% of Americans had health insurance — and 87% expressed satisfaction with their health care, while 61% were satisfied with the costs associated with it. Fifty percent of the uninsured were satisfied with their health care, although 69% were dissatisfied with the costs.”
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