On this morning’s Fox & Friends, Senator Angus King (I-ME) almost got into a shouting match with Kimberly Guilfoyle and Brian Kilmeade because the Fox hosts were so eager to attack ObamaCare, they did not want to hear how health insurance saves lives.
The headline for the segment was a quote from King saying, Democrats have become the “party of government itself.” Apparently, the Curvy Couch crew was hoping he’d come on to bash Democrats.
Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle introduced King by saying, “He won his race as an independent but he’s not exactly thrilled with the Democratic Party. So who will Senator Angus King vote with? That’s the question.”
Maybe it was a question for Guilfoyle, but King had already announced he would caucus with the Democrats. He reiterated his plans on the show.
So Kilmeade tried to get King to attack ObamaCare. Kilmeade noted that King was not in the Senate when it voted on ObamaCare and wondered if he’d vote on it now, after hearing architect Jonathan Gruber talking about how the bill was written opaquely to count on “the stupidity of the American voter.”
Kilmeade played the 2013 clip which has gone viral on the right. Somehow, though, Kilmeade and Guilfoyle “forgot” to mention that Gruber was also the architect of RomneyCare, which he has called “the same f***ing bill.”
Nevertheless, after the clip, Kilmeade asked King, “Are you as outraged as most of America?”
No, King wasn’t. “I don’t know what he was talking about. I certainly don’t endorse those kind of comments,” he said. “Everybody knew that there were going to be additional taxes required to support the premiums under the Affordable Care Act. I don’t see it as any deep dark conspiracy.”
Kilmeade interrupted. “Senator, he said he wasn’t transparent. He wasn’t telling the truth!”
”Who was he? I don’t know where he was in the process,” King replied
”He wrote it,” Kilmeade said.
Guilfoyle said accusingly, “He’s the architect of Obamacare. He’s in fact the one that put it together, one of them, and said, in fact, that they weren’t transparent and forthcoming with the CBO because if they were, then the American people would know that, in fact, this was going to be something that was going to tax and penalize them, and then they wouldn’t go for it. That is duplicitous on its face.”
King answered back, “We’ve got eight million people that have insurance now that didn’t have it beforehand don’t lecture me about this because 40 years ago, I had insurance. If I hadn’t had it, it caught a cancer that saved my life.”
Health insurance saving someone’s life? Why, who would care about that? Certainly not Kilmeade or Guilfoyle.
“What does that have to do with it?” Kilmeade asked scornfully.
”That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” Guilfoyle agreed.
As if King had a heckuva nerve even bringing up life and death when they had an ObamaCare gotcha from 2013!
King said, “It has to do with having insurance, man. If you don’t have insurance, it’s a high risk.”
Again, Kilmeade could not have cared less. “They just lied about a health plan to the American people,” he said.
"All I know is, that it’s important for people to have health insurance,” King said, “and if you guys are saying people shouldn’t have health insurance, I don’t know where you’re coming from. Are you that cruel?”
Guilfoyle interrupted to say, “That’s not what we’re saying.”
“That is what you’re saying. Come on,” King shot back.
”No, we’re not,” Guilfoyle insisted. “We’re not cruel. We’re just looking out for the facts and the information.” Sure she was. While ignoring the facts that 20 million people gained access to health insurance thanks to ObamaCare.
Because the only facts Guilfoyle and her Fox News colleagues really want to look out for are the ones that benefit Republicans and/or harm Democrats.
Good for King for calling them out.
Watch it below.