Coverage of House vote to repeal ObamaCare
Debate over media handling of issue
- Duration 5:30
- Date Jul 13, 2012
Debate over media handling of issue
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You know that's saying that goes something like men should not observe how laws or sausages are made.
Well this might be an example of strange sequence of events in the senate and how it is handling the house bill that would repeal the health care overhaul.
You know the house voted to repeal the president's health care law.
Well late yesterday that bill actually made it to the senate.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid attempted to put the bill on the floor calendar using a special rule that allows him to bypass normal procedures.
Sounds good right.
Well then get this senator Reid objected to his own request.
That has the effect of blocking the repeal bill from getting on the senate calendar at all basically that means.
It's dead in the United States senate.
Meanwhile this week's house vote to repeal the health care overall.
Getting zero coverage on the morning shows of the Big Three networks on the nightly network newscasts the reporting.
Seem to have a regular rather negative focus.
Joining us now on.
-- -- -- -- is a columnist for the Daily Beast both are Fox News contributors.
This thing that the senator Reid did we kind of had to dig through the records of the senate to find out about it.
They actually spent a minute and a half in the senate.
Considering -- not considering -- dealing -- This obamacare repealed the -- house and we had worked on for two days and and five hours.
Judy that -- should that get some coverage.
Well it didn't get some coverage John and I mean it was covered on the nightly news and it made.
-- a small modest story on the inside of many many papers back.
I think most people will think that this is largely a symbolic action.
And it's definitely what one calls inside the beltway think that is if you really wanna know how the senate next sausage you should look at this.
But no one thought this was going to go anywhere it does highlight.
The continuing divisions within America over Obama care and I think what hasn't gotten enough coverage.
Is what's happening to Obama -- itself on the ground we've now had.
Double the number of cost estimates -- was supposed to cost.
A Chilean now it may be two trillion we also have a lot more questions being raised about whether or not the states will go along.
With -- some of the provisions I think that is what's not being covered sufficiently.
-- -- -- said you know it was a symbolic vote in the house largely symbolic and maybe it was I mean move the Republicans in the house are trying to symbolize.
That they don't want this thing and and they would like to get rid of it.
But the networks have been known to cover symbolic votes before there was a symbolic vote back in 2007.
About the gulf war and and opposition to George W Bush's troop surge in Iraq and that got all kinds of coverage.
Well a two things -- as Judy said it did get coverage by the evening news I don't frankly.
Expect the morning news to cover hard hitting news I don't watch the morning news that much but it generally isn't.
The most serious subjects that said this was the 33.
Had this vote and they knew that it wasn't going to go anywhere -- the senate they don't have the votes in the senate to repeal it so really is political theater and I don't well how much.
You are obliged to cover political theater especially for the 33 time it is that act.
-- it though I -- I just wonder whether there might not be a couple of potentially vulnerable democratic senators who who who wouldn't want to vote in favor of Obama care as especially after as Judy said the cost estimates have been going through the roof.
I I don't think there's anybody even in the house who would say that they think that that it can get through the senate it's not.
-- this this is pure political theater.
Americans are and I'm happy with Obama care and they want to keep registering them they're the ones who opposed it and that you need to reelect them.
And get them in control of the senate to get repealed and of course give them and Republican presidents -- This -- so so where do we go from here on in terms of the coverage on this issue I guess it well -- -- settled law but are there going to be -- more of these.
Read peal votes and when we go from here you.
Well I don't think what's important for the repeal repeal votes at this point because this person sent this thing going anywhere it's political hijinks it's theater.
But you can we can't cover enough.
The extent to which the concerns that eighteen million Americans have the 6% -- say this is a very important issue for them.
That that concerns they have about this program is it going to raise health care premiums are lower them.
Our State's going to provide.
Better health pet health care oral -- good health care will doctors withdraw from.
The program will they stop taking insurance all of these are criticisms that have been raised to the program we need to watch how this program.
Plays itself out on the ground how it's implemented that's very important.
-- and the press has to cover to the of the new scoring from the Congressional Budget Office they're gonna come up with some new -- on the costs and a couple of weeks thank you both.
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