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Schakowsky Responds (and Fox Business Lets Her Off the Hook)

Morgen on May 6, 2009 at 1:38 am

On April 27 I sourced and posted a video of Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) at a rally for Obama’s healthcare reform initiative where she clearly boasted that a government provided insurance plan would put private insurers out of business. Thanks to some initial coverage by our friends at Hot Air and Gateway Pundit, this video was ultimately linked on the Drudge Report and Breitbart.TV and now has over 90,000 views on YouTube.

More significantly, there are some early indications that the wide dissemination of this video has played at least a limited significant role in the Democrats having to reign in their overall healthcare ambitions. The Heritage Foundation is positing that the public healthcare option is on it’s “deathbed”, and The NY Times published an article yesterday discussing a new “middle ground” initiative being promoted by Sen. Charles Schumer which specifically mentions the comments by Schakowsky (see last paragraph in Times article).

Lastly, and more to the point, the Fox Business network had Rep. Schakowsky herself on the air today to respond directly to the comments highlighted by my earlier video. Here’s a short clip:

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(Full video and transcript of interview available at Fox here)

Unfortunately Fox played only the least controversial statement made by Schakowsky…which was a perfect set-up for her prepared spin. (Note, however, that they also mentioned the Schumer plan.) With regards to Schakowsky, let’s just say I think she was a little less than forthcoming about her earlier comments. But don’t take my word for it:

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There you have it – so much for “choice and competition”! Let’s hope someone in the MSM with more backbone will question Schakowsky directly about her full comments. Regardless, it’s clear that the Democrats are re-calibrating their messaging around this so-called “middle ground” initiative. But I think it’s equally clear that Schakowsky meant exactly what she said back in April. No amount of spinning (and coiffing) is going to change this.

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