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Weiner to conservative: Obamacare was your side’s idea, why do you hate it now?

By David Ferguson
Saturday, November 9, 2013 14:44 EDT
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Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), in one of his first media appearances since his calamitous run for New York City mayor, lit into fellow guest and GOPAC president David Avella’s assertions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — also known as Obamacare.

Host Bill Maher led off the segment talking about the many media distortions and outright falsehoods that have been floated against Obamacare. Fox News has featured guests with completely false Obamacare horror stories and other networks have carried exaggerated or fabricated tales of people losing their health care.

Avella said that he could come back as a panelist next week and fill the viewing audience with people who have lost their coverage and found that they will have to pay exorbitant amounts to get any coverage at all.

Weiner, at that point, appeared to have heard enough.

“The fact is,” he said, “you’ve got to compare it to what the status quo was. There are millions of Americans that have no health care. You, my friend, are paying for them in an inefficient way. So, the Democrats came up with an idea, they said, ‘You know what? Let’s borrow the idea that the Republicans keep talking about and let the market decide. We gave tax subsidies to people to buy a private product: insurance.”

“That’s the sum and substance of Obamacare,” he continued. “That’s your idea! Why don’t you like it now that it’s the law?”

Watch the video, embedded below via “The Best Damn YouTube Channel Ever:”

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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