How Many Eyebrow-Raisingly True Statements Do You Count In This Post??
I've probably reposted way too much of this RawStory piece; as an apology, I'll ask folks to visit their site to watch the actual video clip:
Fox News host Chris Wallace cornered Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Sunday about his claim that President Barack Obama’s health care reform law had cost jobs.
“The fact checkers say you’re wrong,” Wallace told Cruz. “Since that law went into effect, the unemployment rate fell from 9.9% to 5% as 13 million new jobs were created, and 16.3 million people who were previously uninsured now have coverage.”
“There are plenty of problems with Obamacare, but more people have jobs and health insurance,” the Fox News host added.
...“Wait,” Wallace interrupted. “There’s certainly no question that more people have jobs and more people health insurance.”
...The Texas senator became irritated as the Fox News host pressed for an answer to his original question.
...“That’s changing the subject,” Wallace noted. “Thirteen million new jobs have been created.”
...Wallace pointed out that the Cruz plan to replace the Affordable Care Act — by selling insurance across state lines, expanding health savings accounts and making insurance portable between jobs — “would have almost no effect in giving people who are not uninsured health coverage.”
Seriously, has the phrase "Fox News host pressed for an answer to his original question" ever been typed in regard to a conservative Republican before?
Is it opposite day at FOX? Has Chris Wallace been abducted by aliens and replaced by a replicant?
Coming exactly one day after an Iowa voter confronted Cruz about the ACA's impact on real people's lives, today's development (again, on FOX News Sunday...by Chris Wallace) is pretty noteworthy.
Democrats have been hoping/predicting for several years now that "as soon as this happens, as soon as that happens", public opinion will turn in the ACA's favor, yet it never has, really (it's inched it's way upward slowly, and of course some of the opposition has always been from the left, but it's never had more than middling support at best). I'm very hesitant, therefore, to say that this is a turning point.
Even so, given that Cruz is the one who actually shut down the federal government over it, for both random voters in Iowa and Chris Wallace of FOX News to defend Obamacare to his face strikes me as significant.
Then again, maybe it's more because everyone--and I mean everyone--seems to hate Ted Cruz (even within his own party).