Video: “I thought the Affordable Care Act would save $2500 per family?”

posted at 8:01 am on February 20, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Senator Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tim Walz came back to Mankato, MN yesterday to meet and greet constituents at South Central College, along with Rep. Collin Peterson. The three Democrats addressed an agricultural symposium, where Peterson talked at length about the farm bill. But KEYC’s Ryan Gustafson captured a priceless moment when one attendee wanted to know why Democrats promised that ObamaCare would save families $2500 a year in premiums:

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The lawmakers fielded other questions as well, talking debt and immigration reform, but it was the question about the struggling health care law that everyone in the audience wanted to see answered, and two out of the three Democrats on the dais seemed hesitant to tackle.

The question: “I thought the Affordable Care Act would save $2500 per family. What happened?”

After Sen. Klobuchar and Rep. Walz looked at each other, laughter broke out in the room.

Rep. Peterson quickly picked up the microphone to say, “I voted ‘no’, so I’ll let these guys handle that,” to the applause of the crowd.

Walz then tried out the line that Democrats will use in their defense in the midterms:

Walz says, “This health discussion has got to be broader, it’s got to point out where there are weaknesses and failures, it’s got to make sure we’re not leaving people behind or distorting the system. But don’t pretend there was some type of safe harbor before this where everything was just peachy keen.”

Really? We can test this thesis. Before the passage of ObamaCare, we have polling from Gallup about the status of satisfaction with health care in the US. In September 2009, 85% of Americans had health insurance — and 87% expressed satisfaction with their health care, while 61% were satisfied with the costs associated with it. Fifty percent of the uninsured were satisfied with their health care, although 69% were dissatisfied with the costs. The system worked for the overwhelming majority of Americans until Democrats decided that they knew better than doctors and insurers how to remake the market.


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Not Over.

Bmore on February 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM

This is also my sign off until the semester ends, and who knows if I’ll return after.
libfreeordie on February 20, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Good riddance.

zoyclem on February 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM

The new Democrat talking point about the (not very) Affordable Care Act, and why it is NOT going to save them $2,500 per family…

you can’t spend your whole life worrying about your mistakes! You fucked up… you trusted us! Hey, make the best of it! Maybe we can help.

Mordaukar on February 21, 2014 at 4:42 PM

you can’t spend your whole life worrying about your mistakes! You f*&^%$ up… you trusted us! Hey, make the best of it! Maybe we can help.

The new Democrat talking point about why the (not so) Affordable Care Act ISN’T going to save them $2,500 per family.

Mordaukar on February 21, 2014 at 4:42 PM

If you like your $2,500… well, too bad suckers!

s1im on February 21, 2014 at 8:45 PM

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