Schumer, Pelosi Presser Attacking GOP Health Care Bill Plagued by Audio Issues

Chuck Schumer, left, and Nancy Pelosi / Getty Images
• March 14, 2017 12:11 pm


The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate castigated the House Republicans' plan to replace Obamacare during a press conference Monday evening, calling on the GOP to pull the health care bill after the Congressional Budget Office's appraisal of it was complete.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) cited the CBO report as evidence that the Republican health care plan must be nixed, but their event with reporters was plagued by technical issues that made their remarks virtually inaudible on Facebook.

Pelosi live-streamed her joint press conference with Schumer on Facebook to advertise the CBO report on the the Republican health care plan, called the American Health Care Act, which they argued was devastating.

The CBO reported on Monday that the House GOP bill would increase the number of people without health insurance by 24 million people by 2026, while cutting $337 billion from federal budgets during that time.

But Facebook viewers had difficulty making out what Pelosi and Schumer were saying because of loud static in the background that persisted throughout the entire press conference. They let their frustration be known.

"You can't get your audio right once again, so why should we care about anything you have to say since you obviously can't get the basics right!" one Facebook user commented.

"Every time Nancy speaks, there is audio issues. What is with this?" another commenter said.

"I don't know who keeps recording these of Nancy peloton [sic] but All VIDEOS HAVE BAD SOUND. FIX IT please!" a man pleaded.

"Nancy !!!!!!! Fire youre audio technician!!!!! Get a new sound guy!!! I cant hear [sic]!" a woman exclaimed.

Some viewers had different theories about the audio issues.

"Nothing wrong with sound this is what communist robots sound like [sic]," one man said.

"Your mics have been hacked…this is the second sounds like morse code..please fix so we can hear," another said.

Even supporters of Pelosi and Schumer said the audio issues were too much.

"The audio was bad so I couldn't hear what you were saying but I want to thank you for all you are doing to help us!!!!! <3 from California!!!" a woman wrote.

"You must fix your audio!!!I can never hear what is being said. I love you Nancy but we want to be able to hear your conference. Let's fix the sound system please," another commented.

"Terrible audio. But keep up the fight for the Americans that will lose their healthcare," a commenter wrote.

Pelosi lambasted Republicans over the CBO report during the press conference and tried to identify with Trump voters to make her point.

"Think of yourself as a Trump voter in West Virginia or someplace or Kentucky, which has really done a good job with the Affordable Care Act, too, thinking, ‘I'm going to lose my coverage and they are going to give $7 million to each of the richest families in America every year instead of giving me health care,'" Pelosi said. ‘"Is that what I voted for?' I don't think so."