Fox analysts Juan Williams and Brit Hume clashed on Fox News Sunday over President Barack Obama’s claim that people who liked their health insurance policies would be able to keep them under Obamacare, with Hume alleging that the government was forcing people to accept coverage they didn’t want, and Williams calling the outrage over cancelled policies “empty rhetoric.”
“I get the sense that people on the Republican side are enjoying this moment, but this is empty rhetoric,” Williams said, noting that everybody with cancelled policies would still be covered, and would potentially get better and cheaper coverage under the exchanges. “This is not the apocalypse.”
“The president promised explicitly—we heard it on this program—if you like the coverage you have now you can keep it, period,” Hume said. “These hundreds of thousands of people evidently like the policies they had, because they kept paying for them. They’re now being told they can’t have those polices anymore. They must have policies that involve coverage for things they may feel they don’t need.”
“They’re going to get better coverage, at potentially lower cost,” Williams said.
“Whose idea of better coverage, their idea or the government’s?” Hume said. “They’re going to offer a government-mandated deal, that may or may not be a better deal for the people involved. They’re elderly people being required to pay for maternity coverage.”
Watch the full clip below, via Fox News:
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