Mark Halperin, editor-at-large for Time Magazine has announced the “real” culprit responsible for the the media’s failure to scrutinize ObamaCare since it was voted into law. Mitt Romney. Yes, Mitt Romney.
During an appearance on The O’Reilly Factory, Halperin was pressed by guest host Laura Ingraham to explain why the media failed to do its job on ObamaCare for more than three years.
To Halperin’s credit, he agreed with Ingraham, but astonishingly blamed Romney and the Republicans for the failure:
“Laura, there is no doubt that the press failed to scrutinize this program at the time of passage and during the context of the president’s reelection. Any reporter who would argue otherwise would be putting their head in the sand. As we write in “Double Down,” the problem for the Republicans in the reelection context was you nominated, Republicans nominated Mitt Romney, a guy who was not very well positioned, to say the least, to make the case against ObamaCare because he passed the healthcare plan in Massachusetts.”
Barack Obama knew he wasn’t going to run for reelection defending the program. Part of the flaws of the way the media works. If the candidates aren’t talking about it gets less coverage. No doubt a disservice was done to the country and to liberals.
Huh? Not only did Romney predict that millions of Americans would lose their healthcare plans due to ObamaCare, he was repeatedly criticized by the “mainstream” media for opposing it.
Wait, what? Wow. So much fail here that I hardly know where to begin.
Is this what Republicans and so-called “conservatives” are reduced to? As far as the bit about Romney’s inability to attack Obamacare goes, Halperin’s absolutely right. And even if millions of people would not have lost their insurance plans, even if Obamacare worked as “well” as Romneycare did, would that really have made it any more justifiable in the context of making the government smaller and less intrusive? Mark Halperin and TIME are bona-fide Democrat-progressive tools — don’t get me wrong — but I’m having a really hard time understanding why anyone is getting all worked up over this. I’ve read his comments over and over and still don’t get that he was “blaming” Romney for anything. Sure, the media could have done their jobs vis-a-vis Obamacare before any of us knew Mitt Romney was going to be the GOP nominee, but frankly, this is exactly what the GOP should have expected to happen when they anointed the man who put the healthcare plan in place that Obamacare was modeled after.