CNN's Morgan Presses Bachmann from Left on ObamaCare
On Monday's Piers Morgan Tonight, as host Morgan debated guest Rep. Michele Bachmann on ObamaCare, after the Minnesota Republican explained that a government requirement to purchase health insurance differs from a requirement to buy car insurance because "no one is forced to buy a car if they don't want to," her answer went over the CNN host's head as he continued to press the same flawed comparison.
After asking his guest, "Do you have car insurance?" and the followup "Who told you to (buy it)?", Bachmann had responded:
But car insurance is a very different thing from health insurance because no one is forced to buy a car if they don't want to, but here, in the case of ObamaCare, every American is forced to buy a health insurance policy just because they breathe.
Morgan seemed not to notice that she had already addressed his faulty comparison of the two types of insurance as he interrupted her to continue pressing the point he was trying to make in defending the ObamaCare mandate:
Yeah, but hang on a minute. Let me jump in. You just hit the nail on the head. You talked about buying health insurance. You have to buy car insurance. If you want to drive a car in America, you have to buy insurance or you will be driving illegally, you will be fined, and if you keep defying it, you'll be put in jail.
What is the difference ideologically to a Republican like you that is so opposed to this, what is the difference between Americans being forced by law to have insurance to drive a car and being forced by law to have insurance for their health?
-- Brad Wilmouth is a news analyst at the Media Research Center