10.10.2009

Fox’s Shep Smith Takes Down GOP Sen. Barrasso AND Fox's Public Option Talking Point

And, it was all with one shot....

"Over the last 10 years health care costs in American have skyrocketed. Regular folks cannot afford it, so they tax the system by not getting preventive medicine."

"And we all end up paying for it. As the costs have gone up, the insurance industry's profits, on average, have gone up 350 percent. And it's the insurance companies which have paid and which have contributed to senators and congressmen on both sides of the aisle to the point where now we can't get what all concerned on Capitol Hill all seem to [believe] and more than 60 percent of Americans say they support, a public option."
[snip]

"Every vote against the public option is a vote for the insurance companies."
From Think Progress:
Why would we not want a public option?” Shep Smith asked Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), kicking off a tense and lively exchange this afternoon on Fox News. When Barrasso quickly launched into his Frank Luntz-inspired GOP talking points, calling it a “government take-over of health care,” Smith — who’s been known to go off the Fox News reservation from time to time — pushed back.

Video actually via TPM (better quality):



[...] the Wyoming senator has received a considerable amount of contributions from the health care industry: Over $500,000 from health professionals and nearly $100,000 from the pharmaceuticals and health products industry over his career and nearly $40,000 bundled from health care lobbyists in the last two years.

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Shepard Smith has had a tendency to go off the FOX/GOP reservation recently.

From TPM:
Smith is known as Fox's least conservative voice, and someone who marches to his own beat. So of all the channel's personalities, he's the most likely to make this argument.

In June, Smith earned praise -- and ire -- for calling out right-wing Fox emailers who he said were "out there in a scary place" after the shooting at the Holocaust Museum.

And in April, Smith famously condemned torture. "We are America!" he said, banging the table. "I don't give a rat's ass if it helps. We are AMERICA! We do not fucking torture!"

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