Stoddard conquers death: If 15 million fewer people are insured next year, will premature deaths occur?
To state the obvious, yes, some will. Insurance, and health care, are like that!
Still and all, the bosses at Fox don't want such things said on the air. A. B. Stoddard seemed to know that when she appeared on the channel last night.
Stoddard was part of "the all-star panel" on last night's Special Report. When guest host Bill Hemmer set her up, Stoddard knew how to play:
HEMMER (6/26/17): Nancy Pelosi had a stinging statement just about an hour ago, "People will die If Trumpcare becomes law. Trumpcare is a prescription for unspeakable suffering. We are in a life or death battle for families across America."It was a skillful play.
STODDARD: It is her specialty this week, if you've been listening to her the last few days, fighting to retain her minority leader position.
The Democrats have done this, Chuck Schumer's Senate, there's a lot of dramatic—
Every single time the Republicans put votes up to repeal Obamacare during the Obama era, the Democrats used the same kind of language about their replacement plan, that repeal was going to kill people. It's really not new. The problem is for President Trump, no one believes that the Democrats are obstructing this.
They know that the Republicans are fighting amongst themselves, that they have created a partisan process, a narrow restrictive procedure that will give them a simple majority vote that Pence could break a tie with and become the 51st vote. And they are fighting among themselves. So it's really—
HEMMER: Do you think it's going to happen this week or not?
STODDARD: You know, I don't think it has to. I think they would prefer it. The leaders are trying to pretend it has to happen this week, but I think they would let it up. But it's not going to slip past August 1.
"It's really not new," the cable guest said. The Democrats have always used that same kind of language!
It was a skillful cable news play. You'll notice that she never said that Pelosi's statement was wrong.
It's all part of being a "cable news" guest! Increasingly, the game is played this way on Our Own Cable Shows, as well as on shows Over There.