Federalist senior writer Mary Katharine Ham called out reporters for rewriting history by reminding them that the process to pass Obamacare was not transparent during CNN’s “Inside Politics” on Monday afternoon.
After Jackie Calmes of the Los Angeles Times went on about how transparent the process supposedly was to make Obamacare law, Ham reminded fellow panelists of what really went down in 2010.
“They also passed it on reconciliation explicitly to avoid the public message that Massachusetts, of all places, sent by sending Scott Brown to the Senate — that they were not happy with this,” Ham said. “And further it was sold on a giant lie — that you can keep your doctor and your plan if you want to keep them. So let’s not rewrite exactly how perfectly that went down.”
Ham also said that Senate Republicans decision to write the bill in secret is a big mistake.
“I share the concerns nonetheless of Republicans who think this should not go down in private. I don’t think it should. It is a big deal. There are problems with especially individual market Obamacare exchanges still exist — rising premiums, people dropping out, people opting not to buy even though they are forced to — that continues to be a problem. And you aren’t going to solve it by doing this entirely in secret.”