Chris Wallace did a good job today on Fox News Sunday grilling Republican Senator Mitch McConnell on the Republican answer to ObamaCare - or lack thereof. First, McConnell could not explain why, if Obama's individual mandate is a tax, Mitt Romney's Massachusetts individual mandate is not a tax. Then McConnell grew visibly annoyed as Wallace pressed him to explain what the Republican plan is to provide universal health insurance coverage if it repeals ObamaCare. McConnell's shocking answer: That is not the issue.
Maybe McConnell was stymied about the tax question because video of Romney explicitly endorsing taxes as a means to enforce his own mandate is on the internet. But it's hard to understand how McConnell was not prepared to offer up a Republican alternative for coverage - unless he figured he'd only get softball questions from Wallace.
Kudos to Wallace on this one.
Video available at Mediaite.
Republicans, if they were honest, would tell you: There isn’t enough of anything to go around, so we need to have a group of ‘sacrificials’ so that the rest of us can have enough. The designated group of ‘sacrificias’ is the working poor. The people who work for minimum wage at Walmart and get no health insurance so the rest of us can buy really inexpensive food and gas and also get their share of healthcare.
Of course not — he’d rather talk about his “top priority”:
McConnell should just come out be honest and just say he’s against anything Obama is for. The Republicans could not have a worst nominee than Rmoney to argue their case against health care reform.
What Chris should have asked him and other Republican lawmakers who voted against this is, will you voluntarily give up your health care that the taxpayers pay for you and your family?
I think the brass allows it for the same reason they allow Shep to be honest- to try claiming “fair and balanced” without even pretending to hear the case for them being a small minority.