Posted: 11/04/13 12:51
by Dave Mindeman
"Al Franken shouldn't be quibbling over context."
--Republican Senate Candidate McFadden spokesman Tom Erickson
Hmmmm what the heck does that mean?
Well, it looks like the McFadden campaign has decided to tie Al Franken to the botched rollout of the ACA and Obama's promise that you would not have to change your healthcare.
After a ton of "research work", the campaign spliced together a quote that they say says this....
McFadden's campaign dug up a clip of Franken saying something similar to Obama: In a November 2009 floor speech, just his second in the Senate, Franken said, "People who are happy with their current plans would not need to change them." On Friday, McFadden released a web ad based around the quotation, saying, "Either Al Franken misled us. Or failed us."
But they got called on that one....because the quote actually is a speech in which Al Franken is defending the public option in the ACA bill.
The actual quote....
That is what the subsidies and the exchange are all about: increasing the availability of insurance and making it affordable for families and small businesses. That is also what so much of the debate surrounding a public insurance option is about. A public option creates more choice for consumers and more competition in the marketplace. People who are happy with their current plans would not need to change them. But millions of people who did not have health care options before would finally have an affordable choice. This is what the overwhelming majority of Americans want. It is the right thing to do. I would say to anyone who is against the public option, do not choose it for yourself, but do not deny other Americans that choice.
The part that McFadden clipped is in bold.
It is a context problem....but then, we shouldn't quibble.