MSNBC host Ed Schultz called out President Barack Obama on Thursday for seemingly buying into conservatives’ negative outlook surrounding the Affordable Care Act while in Washington and not displaying the campaign-worthy rhetoric he takes on the road to defend the new mandate.
“Mr. President, respectfully: the next time you go into the press room in Washington, you give it to them,” Schultz yelled, punching the air. “You let them have it! This is good! This is great for America! This isn’t about appeasing a bunch of negative Nellies that are sitting in the room that want to see you fail.”
Schultz argued that Obama’s “apologetic” demeanor during a White House press conference in which the president admitted to “fumbling” the implementation of the new law, commonly known as “Obamacare,” showed signs that he was cowed by the non-stop opposition shown by the likes of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who argued earlier in the day that the law cannot be fixed.
“Don’t you just feel like giving that guy the finger?” Schultz said of Boehner. “The Republicans just don’t have a plan. They’re heartless. They’re mean-spirited.”
Schultz also ripped Obama, though, over his announcement that individual health care buyers would be allowed to keep their policy for an additional year.
“Minutia, minutia, minutia, minutia, minutia, minutia, minutia,” Schultz said. “Who’s gonna understand that? I have come to the conclusion that the administration and a lot of Democrats just don’t know how to talk about this.”
Watch Schultz exhort the president to stand up for the law, as aired Thursday on MSNBC, below.