Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) took MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell to task Tuesday for her stubborn defense of President Obama’s unwillingness to negotiate on Obamacare to end the government shutdown.
When Mitchell claimed that a delay of the individual mandate was a “nonnegotiable demand”, Rep. Duffy demanded to know why the administration would delay the mandate for big businesses and not for individuals, and why only Jon Stewart had asked why the two should be treated differently:
“One issue we have, the media won’t ask the question about why are you treating families differ than big business. You need Jon Stewart on comedy central to ask Secretary Sebelius, ‘Hey, why won’t you treat these two equally?’ and she won’t answer it. That’s how pathetic news reporting has come when they won’t ask tough questions to the administration.”
When Mitchell complained such claims were “not fair”, Rep. Duffy continued, “’Why do you want your own healthcare and won’t join us in Obamacare?’ That question I haven’t seen anybody ask on MSNBC.”
Mitchell responded defensively, saying it was “no small ask [the president] gets rid of the central part of his health care plan”, to which Rep. Duffy noted, “we’re just saying treat individuals and families like big business and have Obama go into Obamacare. That’s it. No one asked that question but Jon Stewart. I think the media should start doing its job.”