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Chris Hayes tries to deal with a boatload of Koch crazy


Screenshot of MSNBC interview, Chris Hayes and Jennifer Stefano

The look on Hayes face says it all. | attribution: Scott Wooledge

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Chris Hayes tried valiantly, Wednesday evening, to get Americans for Prosperity Pennsylvania State Director Jennifer Stefano to explain exactly why conservatives were so upset that people who have already started their Obamacare applications by March 31 will have two weeks to complete those applications, and just why more people getting health insurance was such a horrible thing. It didn’t work.

She started out by asserting that this extra two weeks would take health care away from her children. Really. Hayes tried to get an explanation about how that exactly would happen, and Stefano insisted that the extra two weeks would “not allow people to go back and change this law,” and that the law has “made seven million people lose their insurance.” How that affects her own children remains a mystery. But she doesn’t need actual facts. She just needed to yell loud enough and long enough to not allow Hayes to counter. Which she did.

“As a mother, I take real offense that women are being forced to have no choices to cover their children,” Stefano continued.”What are you talking about?” an incredulous Hayes responded, before arguing that much of the “heavy lifting” under the law would be accomplished by expansion of state Medicare [sic—Medicaid] programs, which have been frequently been opposed by conservatives. […]

“Do you believe in Medicaid expansion?” Hayes asked.

“I have a real problem, when you talk about raising the poverty level, that’s people making $94,000 a year,” she said. “They’re not poor. That is taking resources from the poor.”

“Not on the Medicaid expansion,” Hayes said, shaking his head.

“The expansion of Medicaid is a moral issue, not an economic one” Stefano charged.

“That’s a math trainwreck, that’s not the Medicaid expansion,” he said.

The “interview” ultimately ended with Stefano playing victim, charging Hayes with trying to shut her up, just like Harry Reid did with Julie Boonstra, never mind that Hayes was giving her a slot on his show to air her grievances. It wasn’t just a math trainwreck, it was a reality trainwreck. Just what the Koch brothers ordered. You can watch the whole load of crazy here.

The good news, though, is that isn’t how Hayes’ day ended. Congratulations, Chris and Kate, on the new addition to your family.

Watch the discussion as it aired on MSNBC on Wednesday…


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The lifecycle of an Obamacare lie

Fighting flu-like symptoms.  Posting will be light, today…

I saw this report last night and wanted to share with TFC friends…


From All In With Chris Hayes.


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MSNBC Chris Hayes Explains Obamacare For Dummies Fox & Friends


With the opening of state health insurance mere days away, and an apocalyptic fight over de-funding Obamacare raging in Congress, attention to the Affordable Care Act is at an all-time high, while accurate information about it remains at an all-time low in certain quarters. On Friday night,All In with Chris Hayes host Chris Hayes held a brief For Dummies-style tutorial for Fox & FriendsSteve Doocy, and called out his rival for failing to do his job.

Hayes introduced the segment with a clip from his Thursday night interview with Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) in which the Congresswoman elicits priceless reactions of earnest dismay from Hayes with her rapid-fire delivery of Obamacare disinformation. Then, accompanied by a graphic of a For Dummies book entitled “Obamacare for Fox & Friends” (get it? They’re dummies!), proceeded to correct some of the show’s misimpressions about the law.

He played a clip of Steve Doocy complaining about a delay, until November, in the implementation of online small business health insurance exchanges, which Hayes patiently explained is not the end of the world, since the plans don’t go into effect until January 1. “That’s like complaining you haven’t gotten your hamburger yet from a restaurant that doesn’t open until next freaking week,” Hayes said.

The key point here, though, is that health insurance is complicated, and in critiquing F&F, Hayes generously allows that their confusion may be genuine. Being confused about health insurance doesn’t make you a dummy, it just makes you like most people. It’s an incredibly complex subject, and much more difficult to explain than complain about. It’s also incredibly important. That’s why the news media, in fulfilling its duty to inform the public, has a higher than normal responsibility to bring clarity to the issue.

As Hayes put it, “Laws are big and often complicated, and it is genuinely difficult to figure out the details. They’re confusing, and what might happen in the future is difficult to predict. But that’s what those of us in the news media are paid to do.”

If that’s the case, then precious few of them are earning that paycheck.

Here’s the clip, from All In with Chris Hayes:


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Chris Hayes – The Bush presidency was just as bad as you remember

It really was as bad as I remembered…


Originally aired MSNBC video can be found here


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