Former Clinton aide to Pelosi: Apologize

posted at 11:31 am on February 1, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

“We’ve got to take ownership that we messed up,” former White House adviser Lanny Davis told Megyn Kelly last night, “and Nancy Pelosi should say that — we messed up.” Bill Clinton’s former aide and counsel in the impeachment fight joked at the beginning of this clip that he’d hoped for a fun segment with Kelly, but that Pelosi’s refusal to take responsibility for the consequences of the bill she shoved down the throats of Americans “is painful.” Was it ever:

“Nancy Pelosi should say that — we messed up…We have to take ownership,” Davis said, indicating that admitting fault is the first step to fixing the Affordable Care Act.

He added that the private sector should have had more of a role in developing HealthCare.Gov, which debuted Oct. 1 with significant glitches.

“We screwed up,” Davis said, advising Pelosi that she should admit that Democrats relied too heavily on the government to set up ObamaCare.

Actually, the problem wasn’t that there was too little involvement from the private sector; it’s that it didn’t belong in the federal government in the first place. But even apart from that, the site was built by the private sector, with the full cooperation of private insurers who hoped to score big off of a historic government mandate that forced Americans to participate in a command economy. The problem was that the people who command that economy are singularly unqualified for the job, as most if not all of them have done little but public-sector work for the majority of their lives. The incompetent management of this system began in the bid process and escalated throughout the project-management phase, and was obvious by the increasingly arbitrary ways in which regulations and statutes were applied and enforced.

That’s what is painful to Davis, who cheers government-controlled universal health care as the appetizer to his advice to Pelosi. Davis says it could have been accomplished through distributed authority in the private sector, but that’s never been the point of Democratic health-care policy. It’s always been about control and power, and dictating outcomes to insurers, providers, and consumers. We tried it, and now we see why the public sector should be limited to appropriate regulatory functions and law enforcement, and private economies left to voluntary association and the private sector.

 


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You have to hear the apology before you know what’s in it…

Khun Joe on February 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Nancy Pelosi…what an embarrassment. Even non-nonpartisan is smarter.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

“We believe not a liar, even when he is speaking the truth.”

– Cicero

ShainS on February 1, 2014 at 11:34 AM

But libbys are never wrong!

22044 on February 1, 2014 at 11:35 AM

“We screwed up,” Davis said, advising Pelosi that she should admit that Democrats relied too heavily on the government to set up ObamaCare.

“Screwed” and “pelosi” should never be used in the same sentence. It’s just too disgusting to think of.

VegasRick on February 1, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Apology and $2 won’t buy you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

Worthless drivel.

They need to lose and lose hard in ’14 and ’16.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 1, 2014 at 11:37 AM

What Lanny said, “Nancy Pelosi should say that — we messed up…We have to take ownership,”
What Piglosi heard, “Nancy Pelosi is so pretty and oh so super smart. La da da dee da.”

Flange on February 1, 2014 at 11:39 AM

A leftist apologize? When has that ever happened?

birdwatcher on February 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

It’s not just the fault of Pelosi – every single Dem is culpable!

OldEnglish on February 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Why should she apologize? It’s not Pelosi’s fault.

Like with the schools and public housing and welfare and rehabilitating criminals, etc., etc., etc., the problem is that we just haven’t been willing to spend enough money on it!

Because corporate greed.

fadetogray on February 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

I don’t know, does Satan make apologies?

NotCoach on February 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM

How’s that $4.10 special minimum wage for Guam workers working out for your special interest donors Nancy? Obama must be so proud of your income inequality gap for another class of people.

Rovin on February 1, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Can you imagine the incredible number of low information voters in Pelosi’s district. How else can you explain how she continues to get elected.

regmgr on February 1, 2014 at 11:50 AM

“Nancy Pelosi should say that — we messed up…We have to take ownership,” Davis said, indicating that admitting fault is the first step to fixing the Affordable Care Act

Two fundamental rules of liberalism come to mind:

1) Being liberal means never having to say: “I’m responsible.”

2) Government grows in response to its own failure.

PackerBronco on February 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM

The State Run Media should not be let off the hook…Progs and their media got us here.

d1carter on February 1, 2014 at 11:59 AM

In her appearance on the Daily Show, Stewart failed to point out it was more PelosiCare than ObamaCare, as Pelosi had her fingerprints all over that bill, and it’s what she’s wanted for decades. So, yes, she is hugely responsible for it, and therefore for its failures. And all she could say is “there’s no excuse for its failures”. In that case … shouldn’t we blame the ones responsible for the bill? I do believe she’s at the top of that list.

Paul-Cincy on February 1, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Can you imagine the incredible number of low information voters in Pelosi’s district. How else can you explain how she continues to get elected.

regmgr on February 1, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Imagine how stupid the average American is. Now realize that half of Americans are stupider. –George Carlin

JetBlast on February 1, 2014 at 12:10 PM

A leftist apologize? When has that ever happened?

birdwatcher on February 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Chris Christie, over bridgegate.

TXUS on February 1, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Can you imagine the incredible number of low information voters in Pelosi’s district. How else can you explain how she continues to get elected.

regmgr on February 1, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Marijuana and crack.

TXUS on February 1, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Botox on the brain. It seizes up the conscience.

elm on February 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Nancy could plead insanity…

albill on February 1, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Damn! What happen to Megan Kelly’s hair? Is she taking ugly pills or something?

bgibbs1000 on February 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM

She never had a conscience.

Kissmygrits on February 1, 2014 at 12:22 PM

There is another aspect of the failure of the Democrats yet to be mentioned in this story. After this bill was signed, it is the responsibility of the house oversight committees to review and confirm the status of the bills implementation. The Democrats on these committees did not perform their oversight responsibilities!

Instead, we had congressmen, like Waxman and Cummings, sit and ramble on about how wonderfull Obamacare is and how anyone who attempted to see how the implementation was going were simply disgruntaled opponents.

In hearing after hearing the democrats deployed this same model. Even going so far as calling people who wanted more information regarding the development of the software ‘racists’. This is the same model used so effectively by Barney Frank to hide the housing lending fiasco for several years. So here we are, looking at another destuctive policy pushed by incompetant Democrats who have placed their political party above their country.

Hiding bad socialist policy under the guise of ‘if your against it, your a racist’ is now a main staple of the corrupt socialist democratic party.

Freddy on February 1, 2014 at 12:22 PM

We need to bring back firing squads.

John the Libertarian on February 1, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Actually, the problem wasn’t that there was too little involvement from the private sector; it’s that it didn’t belong in the federal government in the first place.

As simple as this sentence is, it describes what other have failed to bring to a logical discerning point about this whole fiasco even after writing at length on the issue.

Line from Jurassic park.

“Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

hawkdriver on February 1, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Queen Nancy’s response to the masses…..let them eat cake

jaywemm on February 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM

“We’ve got to take ownership

Lanny of course never took ownership of his own role as part of the Clinton Bimbo Eruption Control Squad. And when NOW asked the Clinton White House to stop employing their classic “Sluts and Nuts” responses to Clenis’ serial adultery, they were met with the sound of crickets.

Del Dolemonte on February 1, 2014 at 12:31 PM

And guillotines.

John the Libertarian on February 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

This guy’s all over the map. He wants the government to take over health care, but he wants to do it through the private sector? His principles are schizophrenic.

WhatSlushfund on February 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Damn! What happen to Megan Kelly’s hair? Is she taking ugly pills or something?

bgibbs1000 on February 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM

She must have just gotten out of the shower.

BuckeyeSam on February 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Both Lanny’s criticism of Pelosi and Jon Stewart’s assault-and-battery of her on “The Daily Show” Thursday night have to be taken with a note of extreme caution — they’re not coming around to the conservative view that ObamaCare never should have been tried; they’re pushing for the Paul Krugman-esque notion that it’s failing because government doesn’t control it enough, and the answer is to eliminate private insurers entirely (Stewart might be a little more persuadable here than Davis, but in the end, he knows he’d get the Scarlett Johansson treatment from others on the left if TDS started treating any thought of government being able to run the health care system as source for nightly ridicule).

jon1979 on February 1, 2014 at 12:36 PM

“I signed the bill so we could find out what’s in it… but I never read the bill and I didn’t implement the system so it’s not my fault…”
“And what difference does it make, at this point, anyway?”

Skywise on February 1, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Let me get this straight. SanFranNan should apologize for passing universal healthcare when Clinton wanted universal healthcare?

davidk on February 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM

And who let them get away with lying? And covering up their ineptitude, calling anyone who expressed opposition a racist?

Every Democrat and nearly every media outlet.

They all have do penance or they have to go, every one of them. In some cases it won’t be enough to do penance, but I don’t imagine there will be a rush to the confessional anyway, given that these people think they are above reproach by virtue of believing in themselves!

drunyan8315 on February 1, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Clinton: ” I did not have sex with that woman….Ms. Lewinsky”

Pelosi: “I did not screw up the healthcare system…ObamaCare”

BobMbx on February 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Lanny Davis is a Clintonite and just laying the groundwork for Hillary’s attack on Obamacare in ’16. Nothing more to this than that.

Rio Linda Refugee on February 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Jon Stewart quizzes Pelosi on why the disaster of ObamaCare?

Pelosi answers with : “Eets not my yob man”

BigSven on February 1, 2014 at 1:21 PM

You have to hear the apology before you know what’s in it…

Khun Joe on February 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

(golfclap)

Oh, bravo, old sport…

JohnGalt23 on February 1, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Asking Pelosi to apologize is like asking Goebbels to clarify. Ain’t happenin…

Tim Zank on February 1, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Damn! What happen to Megan Kelly’s hair? Is she taking ugly pills or something?

bgibbs1000 on February 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM

First thing I thought when the video played: Bad hair day, Megan.

But that aside, I questioned just how deep Democratic fears run over this punchline of a policy. Until I saw Lanny Davis today, I thought that they believed they could ride this out.

Now I know better. Frau Pantsuit wouldn’t have unleashed Davis if she didn’t think this was dragging her down.

Time to pour it on, then…

JohnGalt23 on February 1, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Nancy Pelosi…what an embarrassment. Even non-nonpartisan is smarter.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I’d like to take exception to this, but… it’s like arguing whether a beet is smarter than a yam. What’s the point?

Midas on February 1, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Lanny is only partially correct. The Dems should be apologizing for their race-baiting, their lying about how they portray conservatives, the way they use blacks and hispanics as political tools, for giving us Obama AND Carter, but most importantly for foisting the welfare state upon the country denying those in poverty a way out of their miserable existence.

HiJack on February 1, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Guess he did not see the recent interview of Pelosi with Jon Stewart.

Pelosi On Why Obamacare Website Failed: “I Don’t Know… It’s Not My Responsibility”

albill on February 1, 2014 at 1:37 PM

The book about real Pelosi, the harlot, how she made it to where she is, has not been written.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2014 at 1:40 PM

ahhhhh…… another neutered stasis in a permanent slavery.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on February 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Pelosi apologize? It’s not in her to do so.

sadatoni on February 1, 2014 at 2:09 PM

She’ll get a pass.

TimBuk3 on February 1, 2014 at 2:45 PM

But even apart from that, the site was built by the private sector

There is private sector and then there is “private sector”. This outfit was crony capitalist and to the degree their contracts were with government, they became government.

VorDaj on February 1, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Now, now..re Megan’s hair..first of all, she would be stunning even bald….it looks like she is just growing it out….never fear….

Xango Annie on February 1, 2014 at 2:51 PM

The failure of the website is just the tip of the iceberg. There is no reason to limit the apologetic obligation to that minor snafu, when the full consequences of “We-have-to-pass-the-bill-to-know-what’s-in-it” become apparent.

Kenosha Kid on February 1, 2014 at 3:08 PM

He added that the private sector should have had more of a role in developing HealthCare.Gov, which debuted Oct. 1 with significant glitches.

This is a fascist regime. There is no “private sector” under fascism, just an interlocking mass of corporate cronyists, lobbyists, and the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats they own flourishing through nepotism and graft at the expense of the rest of us.

Walter Sobchak on February 1, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Can you imagine the incredible number of low information voters in Pelosi’s district. How else can you explain how she continues to get elected.

regmgr on February 1, 2014 at 11:50 AM

The voters in Pelosi’s district are not “low information.” The saddest thing of all is, they vote for her because they actually agree with her. To retire Pelosi is to invite someone just like her to replace her.

Nice thing about that, the replacement will NOT have the power that comes with long tenure.

bigbeachbird on February 1, 2014 at 3:42 PM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.
libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Lanny Davis is a Clintonite and just laying the groundwork for Hillary’s attack on Obamacare in ’16. Nothing more to this than that.

Rio Linda Refugee on February 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Good point.

davidk on February 1, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Nancy Pelosi…what an embarrassment. Even non-nonpartisan is smarter.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

…I’m pretty sure…..she might resent that!

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM

peelosi is too busy embracing the suck….no time to apologize

crosshugger on February 1, 2014 at 4:39 PM

I never understand why Fox News puts Lanny Davis on their network. Like Pelosi he has a problem with the truth.

savage24 on February 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

But when it comes to immigration reform they will do the right thing./s

Wigglesworth on February 1, 2014 at 5:20 PM

But even apart from that, the site was built by the private sector

There is private sector and then there is “private sector”. This outfit was crony capitalist and to the degree their contracts were with government, they became government.

VorDaj on February 1, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I agree. Waxman tried to blame the ‘private sector’ for the failed website and Obamacare roll out.
Any business that relies on government contracts by definition is not operating in a free market and so it is misleading to characterize any such business as belonging to the private sector.
The WH even conceded that the private sector can build a better website than the federal government.

lynncgb on February 1, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Damn! What happen to Megan Kelly’s hair? Is she taking ugly pills or something?

bgibbs1000 on February 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM

I just now realized it wasn’t Kirsten Powers!

Paul-Cincy on February 1, 2014 at 5:53 PM

”We screwed up’ is NOT enough!

1st of all it sounfs ‘off-handish’. as if not taking the problem / pain this law has caused seriously while attempting to minimalize it all.

2. This was not just a ‘screw up! It was a Socialist crime perpetrated by Liberal Progressives against both the Constitution as well as the American people, the MAJORITY of which have ALWAYS opposed it. It was not representation of the people’s s but a minority agenda forced on Americans. We may have had to wait to know what was in it, but they KNEW what was. in it…that millions would lose jobs, doctors, and health care….

easyt65 on February 1, 2014 at 5:57 PM

I would rather she continue her denial and the commie-crats get theri clocks cleaned in November. Unfortunately, the progressive morons in San Fransicko will still vote for her though.

cajunpatriot on February 1, 2014 at 6:05 PM

“This is painful.”

Well, Lanny, it’s not as painful to your party vanity as it is to the people, American men, women, and children, who are doing without decent medical care, or doing without the other necessities of life they’re sacrificing to pay for the deductibles, co-pays and sky high premiums inflicted on them by ObamaCare, and your ranking party members won’t experience the same needless physical and emotional pain and suffering American men, women, and children will suffer because of ObamaCare , and your ranking party members won’t be experiencing the needless and completely avoidable loss of life that ObamaCare will inflict on American men, women and children.

You’ll pardon me if I don’t weep for your ‘pain’, Lanny.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 6:08 PM

. The problem was that the people who command that economy are singularly unqualified for the job, as most if not all of them have done little but public-sector work for the majority of their lives.

Everyone is unqualified for the job of running a command economy.

Count to 10 on February 1, 2014 at 6:14 PM

I would rather she continue her denial and the commie-crats get theri clocks cleaned in November. Unfortunately, the progressive morons in San Fransicko will still vote for her though.

cajunpatriot on February 1, 2014 at 6:05 PM

As a friend of mine told me, she is good representation of what her constituents want. If there is complaint, its that she isn’t cray leftist enough.

Count to 10 on February 1, 2014 at 6:16 PM

it doesn’t matter its private sector was technically involved. If the government mandate is pushing it, it’s not the private sector.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 1, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Scale of NHS Financial Crisis Revealed Amid Looming Staff Cuts

The system the progressives health care ideal is modeled on, and much of ObamaCare, too.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Even more compelling reasons to rescind Obysmalcare:
http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-on-the-right/013114-688457-obamacare-has-a-dirty-little-secret.htm?p=full

onlineanalyst on February 1, 2014 at 6:22 PM

“This is painful”

Tuna!!! But is it itchy as well?

Bmore on February 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM

She’s too busy embracing the suck Lanny.

ouldbollix on February 1, 2014 at 7:02 PM

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Amen, sister.
Won’t even attempt to say it better.

Brat on February 1, 2014 at 7:08 PM

“Nancy Pelosi should say that — we messed up…

Quite comical actually. Messed up?

An article published by the Constitutional Rights Foundation is concrete about the Framers’ understanding:

Officials accused of “high crimes and misdemeanors” were accused of offenses as varied as misappropriating government funds, appointing unfit subordinates, not prosecuting cases, not spending money allocated by Parliament, promoting themselves ahead of more deserving candidates, threatening a grand jury, disobeying an order from Parliament, arresting a man to keep him from running for Parliament, losing a ship by neglecting to moor it, helping “suppress petitions to the King to call a Parliament,” granting warrants without cause, and bribery. Some of these charges were crimes. Others were not. The one common denominator in all these accusations was that the official had somehow abused the power of his office and was unfit to serve.

Every Democrat who had a hand in passing Obamacare and/or continues to support this morally repulsive law, has had a hand in the chaos that has been foisted upon the American healthcare system and which has now engulfed American citizens and threatens their well-being.
You have all earned the designation of being “unfit to serve”.

lynncgb on February 1, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Remember the news clips of Pelosi with her little gavel grinning ear to ear walking down the streets of the capitol gloating about having passed the health care bill? I do. I think it was the same day they accused someone of spitting on a black representative. She’ll never apologize for anything, and if she DID it would sound like this: “I’m sorry that the Republicans have misled the people about the Affordable Care Act, and please, don’t call it Obamacare.”

This woman is despicable and needs to be run out of DC on a rail. After she’s been flogged and forced to apologize for her incompetence and for her part in dividing the country.

scalleywag on February 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Nancy’s private response to Lanny Davis :
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R E D A C T E D

listens2glenn on February 1, 2014 at 9:34 PM

If anyone’s still reading this thread, this seems apropos.

22044 on February 1, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Damn! What happen to Megan Kelly’s hair? Is she taking ugly pills or something?

bgibbs1000 on February 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM

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She must have just gotten out of the shower.

BuckeyeSam on February 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM
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First thing I thought when the video played: Bad hair day, Megan.

JohnGalt23 on February 1, 2014 at 1:26 PM

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Now, now..re Megan’s hair..first of all, she would be stunning even bald….it looks like she is just growing it out….never fear….

Xango Annie on February 1, 2014 at 2:51 PM

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Yeah … I’m gonna have to go with Xango Annie, on this.

I don’t believe anyone here failed to notice the difference (immediately), but in no way can I think of her appearance in that vid, as anything approaching “ugly.”

listens2glenn on February 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM

It’s not Peloonsi’s responsibility to tell the truth.

Metro on February 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM

I have no idea why Lanny Davis thinks that attacking Pelosi will help his boss, Hillary. She voted for Democrat Obamacare ™ all the way. She is just as guilty. Even more so.

In fact, we cannot blame Pelosi for Benghazi, can we?

virgo on February 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

You have to hear the apology before you know what’s in it…

Khun Joe on February 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

No – you have to MAKE The Apology so that WE Know What’s In IT!

williamg on February 2, 2014 at 1:51 AM

In fact, we cannot blame Pelosi for Benghazi, can we?

virgo on February 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Why not? It occurred on “her watch” – did it not? She was there, and she was a Democrat – when Democrats set up innocent Americans to be MURDERED.

williamg on February 2, 2014 at 1:52 AM

williamg on February 2, 2014 at 1:52 AM

Some rhetoric in my question, but we agree that Hillary was more responsible for State actions than Pelosi was.

My point was that in addition to her signature failure in Libya, she also promoted the Obamacare ™ disaster, as did many other Democrats who expect to be re-elected for it.

Pelosi, a functionary who speaks in favor of whaterver is put on her desk, is a passing nightmare and no longer a threat, whereas Hillary is the new face of leftist malevolence, incompetence and hubris.

Pelosi has a dull mind, so her apology would have no value.

virgo on February 2, 2014 at 5:22 AM

Say, Lanny, why don’t you ask Pelosi to explain how America is so much better off with the bill she pushed through? That would be far better than an apology as it would expose a pathology.

And then you could do the same with Hillary and ask why Libya is better off with Obama’s Excellent Adventure there that she supported to the point of not protecting people under her care.

That, too, is part of the pathology Lanny.

Forget the apologies.

Just try to have them explain their actions, because their actions are speaking much louder than their silence.

ajacksonian on February 2, 2014 at 6:54 AM

I have no idea why Lanny Davis thinks that attacking Pelosi will help his boss, Hillary. She voted for Democrat Obamacare ™ all the way. She is just as guilty. Even more so.

…………

virgo on February 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Hillary (and Lanny) were and are major supporters of universal health care, and they know they cannot run from that, so their spin is the rollout has been badly managed. They are concerned the bad management could turn people off of universal health care altogether.

Lanny is attacking Pelosi for failing to make sure her version of universal health care worked well. You should elect Hillary because she will do it right.

Of course it is all a crock. Universal, centralized health care over a diverse 315,000,000 people spread across a continent was always going to be a giant clusterxxxx.

fadetogray on February 2, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Mr. Davis is arguing that Democrats used the wrong tactics, rather than the entire, sordid affair was wrong and authoritarian. This is not surprising at all. It has exposed the despotism which is at the heart of most Democrats desires.

And in terms of those “tactics”, an apology is not the answer unless it is coupled with a repeal. Anything less is disingenuous.

Anyone, including insurance companies, that had a hand in this despotic scheme should suffer the consequences of their decision. They have corrupted and twisted the mechanisms of our government to suite their whimsical needs and line their pockets at our expense.

Obamacare is the epitome of everything that is wrong with our big, overreaching government and it is setting us on a path of destruction.

Any time the word “comprehensive” is used with legislation, the citizens of our country should beware. That is nothing more than a keyword for a destructive, behemoth scheme, which not one person in Congress fully understands the ramifications of, is about to be foisted upon us.

Sound familiar? It should. Look at “comprehensive immigration”. That will put us on the same path as Obamacare.

Marcus Traianus on February 2, 2014 at 7:03 AM

That little lying SOB could not care less about what is inflicted on the American people…he is the one who was the architect of the parse and hyper corruption begun by the fat pervert Willie…all he is doing is creating space for airhead Hillbat since she is finished with her stint on the Wizard of Oz…

cp3984 on February 2, 2014 at 8:41 AM

I don’t know, does Satan make apologies?
NotCoach on February 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM

No, but his spawn do, so she should.

Akzed on February 2, 2014 at 9:04 AM

that it didn’t belong in the federal government in the first place.

Exactly. The sad thing about this whole fiasco to me is that I think the only reason this whole fiasco came to be in the first place is that the democrats wanted to be right. They wanted to win. It was politics, pure and simple. We won. Screw you. They could have cared less about the Americans who were going to get screwed by their botched legislation, they couldn’t be bothered to even read the bill to find out how badly Americans were going to get screwed. And now? No one wants to take responsibility for it. Well guess what, dems…you OWN this. Especially you, Ms. “It’s not my responsibility”. Especially you. I know she won’t apologize. She thinks that’s beneath her.

scalleywag on February 2, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Nazi Pelousy “I apologize for not forcing single payer on the American people”

bgibbs1000 on February 2, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Been awhile since I watch Megyn Kelly because I find her tedious and annoying … So, all I have to ask is this: what on earth happened to her hair?!?

besser tot als rot on February 2, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Leftists will never admit their policies are wrong. If something bad happens then it was the fault of the implementation or the person in charge. Never the policy. Sickness. The only good thing about the universal mandate is that it is universal (except for Obama and Congress) so everyone is universally exposed to its joys!!

txmomof6 on February 2, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Megyn should have squeezed him down a little more. This guy speaks for the soon to emerge candidacy of Hillary Clinton, and nailing her down on her current position on healthcare is a legitimate line of inquiry.

On the presumption(and I think it was fair to presume that he would be critical of Pelosi for her idiotic appearance on Comedy Central in refusing to take any ownership of the disaster that is Obamacare), Megyn could have asked Lanny Davis something like the following:

***
“Lanny, lets be clear here. When you say that Nancy Pelosi in particular and Democrats in general owe the American people what amounts to an apology, and that they should now publicly say ‘We screwed up!’ as a basis for moving forward, are you suggesting that Democrats should apologize for having zealously enacted comprehensive healthcare legislation, the scope of which was so broad, and so far reaching with it’s many tentacles reaching down into and ‘adjusting’ some aspect or other of the American economy, that they should have realized it would inevitably fail of it’s own weight due to so many unforeseeable consequences? Or, are you suggesting that the failure on the part of the Democrats lay in the implementation and roll-out of what was a fundamentally sound plan?

“In other words, Lanny, are you calling on Nancy Pelosi to publicly say, ‘Mea culpa, mea culpa! We bit off more than we could chew!’ Or, are you just asking her to say, ‘Oooops! Sorry about that . . . we Democrats did not execute well what was essentially a very good game plan.’”

Also, you have always been very close to the thinking of the Clintons. Does Hillary Clinton now believe we should go to a ‘single payer’ system? Do you?
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Given Hillary’s long and very checkered history on healthcare reform advocacy, this is an entirely legitimate avenue of inquiry for the press to pursue. Megyn should have tried to get him to concede that he believes we ought to either dismantle the beast and put it to sleep, or, that we should be making plans to try to tinker a little bit more with some modest adjustments. He is a Clinton advocate. That was why he was invited on the show. So hit him with the tough questions.

Boxing Hillary in early on healthcare is crucial. She should not be able to get away with skating on this one. As Sec’y of State, she managed to do so during the entire Obama first term.

Plus, progressives are now lining up behind the position that this bill did not go far enough, and that Democrats should have pushed for a “single payer” plan. She or her advocates should be asked to publicly commit on that question.

Trochilus on February 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Let me know when Lanny Davis switches parties.

SC.Charlie on February 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Hillary (and Lanny) were and are major supporters of universal health care, and they know they cannot run from that, so their spin is the rollout has been badly managed. They are concerned the bad management could turn people off of universal health care altogether.

Lanny is attacking Pelosi for failing to make sure her version of universal health care worked well. You should elect Hillary because she will do it right.

Of course it is all a crock. Universal, centralized health care over a diverse 315,000,000 people spread across a continent was always going to be a giant clusterxxxx.

fadetogray on February 2, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Plus, progressives are now lining up behind the position that this bill did not go far enough, and that Democrats should have pushed for a “single payer” plan. She or her advocates should be asked to publicly commit on that question.

Trochilus on February 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Yes, let’s keep in mind that Hillary was the original progenitor of single payer in the early 90′s, something that even Bill would not buy off on, because he knew it was political Kryptonite.

It would do us all well to examine Hillster’s history in the wards of Chicago and what she has wanted for more than 40 years, just for the sake of the huge power grab it represents. It would make their decades long relationships with labor unions look like chump change.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 2, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 2, 2014 at 12:58 PM

I think Hillary will try to lay low now on the topic, in part because the Clintons are well aware of the pending, or at least potential disaster which healthcare issues holds for Democrats in the upcoming 2014 elections, with special concern obviously being focused on several United States Senate seats.

The last thing Hillary wants is to publicly promote some form of healthcare “reform” which then becomes aligned with a basis for the defeat of one or more Democrat United States Senate candidates at the end of this year.

She does not want to say anything specific about healthcare going forward, at least before the elections. This little Lanny Davis message of contrition suggests that they are looking for a way to promote a discussion about reform which will somehow fold “into account” the concerns of the business community. But they only want to talk generally about it — no specifics!

That is why Republicans should take every opportunity to publicly pepper her with “open” questions about why she and Bill did not offer the Democrats — i.e., Pelosi and Reid — any advice about them pushing the American healthcare system off the cliff back in 2009.

And she should also be publicly taunted along these lines:

“Why isn’t Hillary actively involved in the healthcare debate? She wants to be seen as the putative Democrat nominee for 2016, and yet she refuses to say word one about what changes should be undertaken to save our healthcare system from the ravages of ObamaCare! She won’t even publicly say ObamaCare should be repealed. But yet she sends out Lanny Davis to insist that Democrats should admit that the screwed up with ObamaCare!

“We have a real healthcare crisis today as a result of what her political party spawned with the enactment of ObamaCare. She sends out acolytes to publicly chide Democrats like Nancy Pelosi for screwing up. But she won’t say what she would do to fix the problem which her political party caused when they had the complete control of Congress and the White House back in 2009!”

Trochilus on February 2, 2014 at 2:25 PM

…Davis says it could have been accomplished through distributed authority in the private sector,

Yes, Lanny. With the caveat that the distributed authority is earned in terms of value provided, this is also known as the free market! Lanny Davis said the same thing many of us believe here but, the difference is he did this.

beselfish on February 3, 2014 at 10:29 AM

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