Rawlings-Blake Goes on TV to Talk Up Obamacare

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake returned to Meet the Press Sunday to defend Obamacare. Her appearance coincided with an announcement by the White House that, two months in, healthcare.gov is now “working smoothly for most users.” 

Hurrah. Victory.

It’s pretty hard to play this off as a triumph, and Rawlings-Blake wisely didn’t even try. “We know that the rollout was botched,” she conceded on the program. (Co-panelist Rep. Chris Van Hollen echoed her sentiment in a comment on Maryland’s state run exchange, stating flatly, “Maryland’s a mess. There’s no doubt about it.”)

But the mayor still found plenty of room to cheer the Affordable Care Act and jeer Republicans. She characterized the president and Democrats as “trying to make sure the people have health care,” while accusing “people” in Congress of “standing on the sidelines, rooting for failure.”

 



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