Schumer Hits Fox on Obamacare: ‘Totally Detached From the Truth’

The fight over Obamacare and the government shutdown has inspired a lot of blame-throwing in Washington, and on the Senate floor today, Democrat Chuck Schumer called out Fox News specifically as one of many right-wing outlets he accused of grossly misleading the public on the Affordable Care Act.

In comments flagged by POLITICO’s Dylan Byers, Schumer said “talk radio and some of the networks [like] Fox News” have been repeating the same untrue talking points about the health care law, including the talking point that members of Congress are exempt from Obamacare. Schumer said that’s simply not true.

He then suggested the anger and resentment might have something to do with how the right has done electorally recently.

“The hard right is so angry at Obamacare and, frankly, at President Obama and the fact that he just trounced them in 2012 on an election that was run on their issues, that––they are so angry and white-hot that their rhetoric just becomes totally detached from reality and totally detached from the truth.”

Schumer also credited MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow for features she’s done this week showing House Republicans wanted a shutdown all along.

Watch the video below, via C-SPAN2:


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