November 10, 2013

So says the biggest partisan hack on MSNBC on this Sunday's Meet the Press. I'm not sure how Joe Scarborough managed to get that line out without choking, but he actually said it with a straight face, and then immediately proceeded to lie and repeat partisan talking points about the health care law.

Scarborough knows full well the GOP should have been supportive of and voted for The Affordable Care Act, since it was their party's plan that President Obama managed to get passed in spite of their refusal to cooperate. They obstructed for the sake of obstruction and now hacks like Scarborough want to use it as a cudgel to beat Democrats over the head with.

GREGORY: Here's a question that I have and we're focused on the politics of it, the liability. We know this is going to be a big issue in 2014. People I talk to, my viewers out there, I think, are also asking this. What happens if they don't meet the goals? What happens if the website does not get operational at some point? What happens to the ultimate goal of helping people that are supposed to be helped? Is that question being answered?

EDWARDS: You know, I think that's a legitimate question, and I think what you heard from the president is him saying, number one, it was my fault and people relied on it, but number two, we have an obligation to get this right not just because of the politics but precisely because otherwise people fall through the cracks and they don't have health care. And I think he has expressed that as a legitimate concern. I think he said to us and to the American people that he wants to get this right, and you know what? In my state i know that we have to for 450,000 people who don't have health care.

SCARBOROUGH: And you know, the positive news coming out of this is the fact that we are going to have to get this right. The president is going to have to go to congress and he's going to have to work with Republicans and Democrats alike. The fact is, and David Ignatius was on our show a week or two ago and he put it well where he said, this is an overreach. The president overreached not just politically but he also overreached on substance as well. He tried to do too much with just Democrats. You know, we didn't even get --

EDWARDS: Don't you think republicans have an obligation to work with the president?

SCARBOROUGH: Yes, they certainly do.

EDWARDS: And they haven't been doing that.

SCARBOROUGH: Listen, I try not to be partisan, I really try not to, and ask Republicans, they will tell you, a long list of Republicans on Capitol Hill will tell you, I succeed in not being partisan. The fact of the matter is, the president made a decision in back in 2009. He was going to ram this down the Republicans' throats. He was going to do it where he didn't get a single Republican vote.

Remember Harry Reid decided to go from sixty to fifty one votes. He couldn't even get conservative Democrats-- if you're talking about Social Security, and Doris will tell you this, if you're talking about Medicare, if you're talking about any sweeping new plan that's going to transform things, you need both parties involved.

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