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Congresswoman: Young people without Obamacare sick, ‘need to be educated’ [VIDEO]

Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore played doctor on MSNBC Friday, diagnosing two young people she met over Thanksgiving with illnesses and saying they “needed to be educated” about Obamacare.

Moore was on “Andrea Mitchell Reports” to discuss the impending deadline for the Obamacare website with guest host T.J. Holmes. The congresswoman effectively hijacked the program to promote the law, declaring the “storms and the rain” of website glitches and dropped plans “really sort of obscures the rainbow” of Obamacare.

But a modest question from Holmes caused the lawmaker to cite the example of two young people she met Thursday:

HOLMES: You don’t deny the experience for a great number of Americans has not been a pleasant one in trying to sign up for the website. And that’s what right now a lot of people are experiencing versus, I guess, paying attention to some of the numbers that you’re giving to them.

MOORE: Well, T.J., the worst story is not the people who have been frustrated trying to get online. The worst news is that time and money and effort that could have been spent doing outreach to the young people we need to sign up has not occurred.

I just spent Thanksgiving Day and ran into at least two people who are under 34 years old, working full time, have no health insurance — one of them exhibiting signs of anemia, another exhibiting signs of high blood pressure — who not only have not tried to get on the website but really need to be educated about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

HOLMES: Who is not educating them, congresswoman? Who is not doing a good enough job educating them?

MOORE: We are spending all of our time talking about the catastrophic rollout instead of spending this money this time this effort this media opportunity to let people know that first of all, very many Americans will benefit from the Medicaid expansion that’s occurred in many states.

Moore is not a doctor of any kind, nor has she ever attended medical school. Her remarks instead seem to be the latest attempt by Democrats to shame and pressure young people into visiting the dysfunctional website and signing on to Obamacare’s health-care exchanges.

Moore also assured viewers that “many people will find insurance for less than they have been paying” and said Obamacare “will provide 100 million Americans with preventive care services with no co-pays or additional costs.”

“That’s something worth fighting for,” she claimed. “That’s something worth bragging about.”

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