MSNBC host Ed Schultz angrily rejected the idea that Tuesday’s special election in Florida — which saw an anti-Obamacare Republican defeat a powerful Democrat — was a referendum on Obamacare. Instead, he argued, Democrat Alex Sink lost by buying into a “negative narrative” through her promise to “fix” an already-perfect healthcare law.
“In the aftermath of this election the media has gone, I think, off the rails,” Schultz said. “Just because this guy ran on repealing Obamacare and — should I say, ‘replacing’ it — people are calling this election a referendum on the Affordable Care Act?”
“Their logic is comical!” he laughed. “Give me a break! Talk about a knee-jerk reaction. These guys, they need to do some research.”
Schultz rattled off a litany of Obamacare statistics, touting enrollment numbers, alleged reductions in overall healthcare costs and a reduction in uninsured Americans.
“Here’s the bottom line, again, for the Democrats,” he opined. “And I don’t think it was a perfect campaign. She is a very qualified Democrat, no question about it. She’d make a great congressional member.”
“But she ran on ‘fixing’ Obamacare!” he thundered. “Democrats, let this be a lesson! You don’t have to fix anything! The numbers are on your side! You’re saving lives! You’re saving money!”
“Any Democrat that runs ads and goes out there and plays into the negative narrative that, ‘Well, I’m gonna go to Washington and fix Obamacare’ — is that the first thing you’re going to say in your ad, Democrats?” he asked. “No. We’re on the right side of history.”
“In my heart, I know that the progressive movement is going to win out in November,” Schultz concluded. “7 months. That’s almost like an eternity in politics.”
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