October 25, 2014

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s Interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd

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TRANSCRIPT:

CHUCK TODD:
Thank you, Mr. President.

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
Great to see you, Chuck.

CHUCK TODD:
Thanks to you. I’ll start with health care. It’s probably the most quoted thing or requoted thing you have said in your presidency, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” You said it a lot during the run up. At this point, though, it’s obviously something– a promise that has not been able to be kept. Just today, the Denver Post — 250,000 people in Colorado are seeing health insurance policies cancelled. Some of those people liked those policies. And they can’t keep them. What happened?

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
Well– first of all, I meant what I said. And we worked hard to try to make sure that we implemented it properly. But obviously, we didn’t do enough– a good enough job– and I regret that. We’re talking about 5% of the population– who are in what’s called the individual market. They’re out there buying health insurance on their own.

A lot of these plans are subpar plans. And we put in a clause in the law that said if you had one of those plans, even if it was subpar– when the law was passed, you could keep it. But there’s enough churn in the market that folks since then have bought subpar plans. And now that may be all they can afford. So even though it only affects a small amount of the population, you know, it means a lot to them, obviously, when they get– this letter cancelled.

And– you know, I am deeply concerned about it. And I’ve assigned my team to see what we can do to close some of the holes and gaps in the law– because, you know, my intention is to lift up and make sure the insurance that people buy is effective. That it’s actually going to deliver what they think they’re purchasing. Because what we know is before the law was passed, a lot of these plans, people thought they had insurance coverage. And then they’d find out that they had huge out of pocket expenses. Or women were being charged more than men.

If you had preexisting conditions, you just couldn’t get it at all. And we are proud of the consumer protections we put into place. On the other hand, we also want to make sure that– nobody is put in a position where their plan’s been cancelled. They can’t afford a better plan, even though they’d like to have a better plan. And so we’re going to have to work hard– to make sure that those folks– are, you know, taken care of.

CHUCK TODD:
Do you feel like you owe these folks an apology for misleading them?

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
You know–

CHUCK TODD:
Even if you didn’t intentionally do it, but at this point, they feel misled. And you’ve seen the anger that’s out there.

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
You know– I regret very much that– what we intended to do, which is to make sure that everybody is moving into better plans because they want ‘em, as opposed to because they’re forced into it. That, you know, we weren’t as clear as we needed to be– in terms of the changes that were taking place. And I want to do everything we can to make sure that people are finding themselves in a good position– a better position than they were before this law happened.

Keep in mind that most of the folks who are going to– who got these c– cancellation letters, they’ll be able to get better care at the same cost or cheaper in these new marketplaces. Because they’ll have more choice. They’ll have more competition. They’re part of a bigger pool. Insurance companies are going to be hungry for their business.

So– the majority of folks will end up being better off, of course, because the website’s not working right. They don’t necessarily know it right. But it– even though it’s a small percentage of folks who may be disadvantaged, you know, it means a lot to them. And it’s scary to them. And I am sorry that they– you know, are finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me. We’ve got to work hard to make sure that– they know– we hear ‘em and that we’re going to do everything we can– to deal with folks who find themselves– in a tough position as a consequence of this.

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  • Alma98

    Walleyed fish face muthafucka!
    His contempt and disrespect of the president is unacceptable.
    And MSNBC won’t say anything either, I have written them many times complaining about this toad.

    • Aquagranny911

      “Walleyed fish face muthafuka!” Way to go Alma!

      I’ve complained about him too.

      • Alma98

        I’m starting to think MSNBC don’t even read the complaints.

        • crazycanuck

          Why should they, Chuckles is just doing their bidding

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    This is not an open thread. Keep the convo to discussing the interview. Ridiculing Chuck Toad is acceptable. :-)

    • Aquagranny911

      Gracias! I did my best to ridicule Chuckie. I have to add that my President is a figging saint to but up with the BS from scum like this!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepiaaaaaaa♥ – – –THANK U. :>) —

      – – — -A RIDICULE: [Pretend its a TOAD LOL] —

      – – -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYdsuXfelko

  • Aquagranny911

    I think Chuckie the toad went too far this time. Twitter is chewing his ugly ass. Folks are not liking the disrespect. I hated that PBO gave this nasty asswipe an interview but with dignity & grace our Prez made that little toad look even more petty & small minded.

    • jds09

      Almost every questions was a variation of “where you lying?”

    • qosine

      You know our President, though. What are the odds
      that he decided it was time to give Chuckie Todd
      enough rope to hang himself. Like GreenLady says,
      “No weapon.” Aaaand he knows WE THE PEOPLE
      have full confidence in him (the Prez) and is leading
      the way for the Obama Coalition.

  • crazycanuck

    I ask again, why did he give this interview to this toad? Why?

    • Miranda

      I think sometimes he just wants to demonstrate in a very up close way…just how much better he is than they are.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –Sepia♥—–http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130525032206/adventuretimewithfinnandjake/images/f/f0/Dis_gon_b_gud.gif

    THANK U. :>)
    – — -SCHOOL — -PROFESSOR PRESIDENT!! – —
    A lot of these plans are subpar plans. And we put in a clause in the law that said if you had one of those plans, even if it was subpar– when
    the law was passed, you could keep it. But there’s enough churn in the
    market that folks since then have bought subpar plans. And now that may be all they can afford.

  • jds09

    Don’t let me see Chuck Todd on the street.

    • MsKitty

      THIS

  • crazycanuck

    Seriously that ‘interview’ was beyond disgusting, and AA should really stand up and say no more.

  • crazycanuck

    Your President has the patience of a Saint

  • qosine

    OK, by my rough count:
    Chuckie Todd
    11 utterances
    6 of which are interruptions

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – –Woo! Hoo! –http://denver.mylittlefacewhen.com/media/f/img/mlfw8990-h6BBB0FF8.gif LOL

    — –PROFESSOR PRESIDENT: — Skool ‘em!!–

    — – -A lot of these plans are subpar plans. And we put in a clause in the law that said if you had one of those plans, even if it was subpar– when the law was passed, you could keep it. But there’s enough churn in the market that folks since then have bought subpar plans. And now that may be all they can afford. So even though it only affects a small amount ofthe population, you know, it means a lot to them, obviously, when they get– this letter cancelled.

    Thank U Sepia. :>)

  • crazycanuck

    Rhoda ‏@RhodaJA1h
    I think POTUS did @chucktodd in for good. Even if @msnbc can’t see it, everyone else did: bombastic, petty, rude, haughty & just plain ugly.

    We can only hope

  • Miranda

    We really do not deserve this President. He is far too good for us.

  • TyrenM

    Delete