MSNBC's Ed Schultz appeared on Dana Loesch's program on TheBlaze TV Monday, and while the two have had fiery clashes on Twitter and MSNBC, Monday's discussion was far more cordial. There were almost no elevated voices throughout the entire twelve minute interview, and Schultz even said he was encouraged by the changes Republicans might make to the Affordable Care Act.
"It's not perfect," Schultz said of the law, also known as Obamacare. "And this is part of what might get fixed by this new Congress. They may come in and adjust certain things. And I'm encouraged by the fact that President Obama has said he's willing to make some adjustments to the law. And this is what it's all about; the Republicans now have the control. It's now their chance to come in and fix what they believe is wrong with Obamacare. But throwing the Affordable Care Act out and repealing the whole thing, I personally think would be a step backwards."
But just because the conversation was cordial, does not mean there were no disagreements. Schultz admitted that President Obama's selling point of "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" was an "inartful" way of describing what ended up not being true for millions who lost their insurance because of the law.
And when Loesch asked why Obamacare mandates "one-size-fits-all" provisions, forcing men to pay for maternity coverage, for instance, Schultz admitted that there is "an element of socialism" to the bill.
"You know, the truthful answer to that Dana is it that it has an element of socialism to it," he said. "We're all going to contribute in to make sure this thing works. There's certain things that I pay for that I don't like. But I understand for the greater good, and for the good of the country, and to bring the cost down, and get more people covered, in the long haul it's going to be good for all of us."
Schultz said America was at a "breaking point" with its healthcare system, and "we had to do something."
"Is it going to be the same five years from now?" he asked. "Probably not. Is the pendulum going to swing to something better? I believe that it will."
You can watch the complete interview, below.
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