Sen. Sherrod Brown got rather heated during a radio interview while attempting to defend ObamaCare.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) got obliterated by WTAM’s Bill Wills over the negative impact that ObamaCare has had on Ohioans during an interview on Thursday.
Brown was bashing House Republicans over their repeal and replace legislation when Wills pointed out: “You gotta start somewhere, though, when this thing was passed, I was told it’d save me $2,500. I was told I’d keep my doctor. None of that has worked out, you ask anybody in medicine, this thing hasn’t worked.”
“Uh, uh. Wrong…I don’t know what you were personally told. I couldn’t believe you were told anything–” Brown began.
“The President of the United States said you’re gonna keep your doctor, and you’re gonna save on average $2,500,” Wills shot back. “Now, I know people in social services, … people [who] have Medicaid. I mean they’re being turned away now, they gotta go back to the emergency room, which is running up costs,”
Brown clearly getting frustrated at this point replied: “People, um ok, you can come up with your anecdotes, I know the mail I get, I know the calls I get, I know the pleas I get from people. I, the President erred when he said that you could keep your doctor. Most people could, some couldn’t, that was a mistake. Um, I don’t know.”
Wills pointed out to Brown that the whole point of ObamaCare was that you could keep your doctor if you liked your doctor.
“No, no,” Brown interjected.
“The Supreme Court had to rule it as a tax and not something else. That’s how it got through,” Wills pointed out.
At this point, Brown proceeded to talk about benefits that some Ohioans had experienced under ObamaCare before Wills and Brown argued about people seeing their insurance costs skyrocket under ObamaCare.
Brown blamed the sharp increase in costs on young people not enrolling in ObamaCare. He then pivoted into an accusation about Republicans pushing their legislation through Congress before anyone had a chance to review it.
Wills pointed out what then-Speaker Nacy Pelosi (D-CA) famously said about ObamaCare: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
“I knew you’d go back to that. That was taken out of context,” an apparently irate Brown responded.
At this point, Brown had lost his cool, and the remainder of the interview devolved into a shouting match between Wills and Brown.
Brown is up for re-election in 2018 in a state that President Trump won by 8 points. One of the cornerstones of Trump’s presidential campaign was to repeal and replace ObamaCare something that the vast majority of Ohioans seems to agree with, despite what Brown claims.
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