Accidental honesty from one of New York’s most liberal senators.
On This Week With George Stephanopoulus, ABC reporter Martha Raddatz discussed Obamacare with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Governor Scott Walker.
When discussion of implementation was brought up, Raddatz asked the senator if she was misled by President Obama. After initially dancing around the question citing a lack of specifics in the President’s statements and how there should have been more, Gillibrand made a rather startling off-handed statement.
No, we all knew…
Yes, we all knew, but Republicans and Tea Party conservatives were the only ones going out in public and telling the truth about it. Democrats and the President simply lied.
RADDATZ: Let me ask you this, I want to go back to this implementation, because we can’t quite go forward yet. Did you feel misled by Obama?
GILLIBRAND: He should have just been more specific, because the point is if you’re offered by a terrible health care plan that the minute you get sick, you’re going to have to go into bankruptcy, those plans should never be offered.
RADDATZ: So, were you misled?
GILLIBRAND: He should have just been specific.
No, we all knew, the whole point of the plan is to cover things people need, like preventive care, birth control, pregnancy. How many women the minute they get pregnant might risk their coverage? How many women paid more because of their gender because they might get pregnant? Those are the reforms…
RADDATZ: But we’re talking about leadership here and trust. What does this all say about President Obama’s leadership these past few weeks? He fell on his sword but he’s missed that sword a couple of times.
GILLIBRAND: Well, no one is more disappointed in the implementation issues than President Obama and he has taken full responsibility for the mistakes and the lack of getting this system up and running when it was supposed to be up and running.
But what this was about, Martha, are those mothers in the emergency room who don’t have access to affordable health care. I can’t tell you how frightening it is when your kid can’t breathe. It is a horrible moment. And I looked at every mother, and I’m telling you, we have to fix health care in this country. So, when you talk about President Obama’s legacy, his legacy is going to be offering affordable health care to every family in this country.
RADDATZ: But you talk about this and what they want, 39 Democrats defected in the bill you heard Jon Karl mentioning in the house. 39 Democrats. What does that tell you?
GILLIBRAND: Well, they’re just responding to the worries of their constituents. When…
Impressive spin action by turning a question on honesty into something about your child not being able to breathe in an emergency room. But whoops, the truth slipped out there Kirsten.
“We all knew…”