Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) took a victory lap of sorts Tuesday evening on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews following a passionate outburst at this morning’s House hearings on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Matthews applauded Pascrell for standing up to the Republicans and calling out their hypocrisy over Obamacare.
“You’re like the guys I grew up with,” Matthews told Pascrell. “Maybe slightly older, maybe slightly younger, but you’re just like me father’s friends in the Knights of Columbus. You speak regular English. You talk the talk.” He said he’s “so glad” Pascrell “called out” his Republican colleagues and asked what the reaction was “to being direct for once with these people.”
“Some folks were surprised, Chris, that I yielded my time,” Pascrell said. “This is hypocrisy at its worst. I wish I had more than three minutes, but I’m going to defend what I think should be defended.”
“How can Republicans get away with not being for anything at all for the working uninsured?” Matthews asked. “And then they come off and they dance around, prance around suggesting little nuances of concern they’ve had. What a joke.”
The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein pointed out that the GOP doesn’t actually want the Obamacare website problems to be fixed. He agreed that “there’s hypocrisy from the Republicans that actively worked to undermine this thing and are cheering the failure.”
Rep. Pascrell repeated the questions he asked of Republicans during his time at today’s hearing. “Which one of you are going to tell the parents when you condemn this thing and then destroy it that your kids are no longer going to be covered with special needs, your kids are no longer going to be covered because they have a pre-condition?” he asked. “Are you going to tell the parents? Do you have the courage and the guts to do that?”
He said that until Republicans are willing to address those issues, “things are not going to change around here” and Democrats are not going to give up on the Affordable Care Act.
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