Liberal Fox News commentator Juan Williams got his head handed to him on a platter by senior political analyst Brit Hume when the hapless Williams engaged in something he’s become all too known for — opening his mouth without having his brain fully engaged.
At issue on “Fox News Sunday” was the host of glitches plaguing the launch of the health insurance exchange, coupled with hundreds of thousands of people being booted off their current policies and being forced into plans they don’t necessarily want. Williams referred to conservatives’ outrage over cancelled policies as “empty rhetoric.”
“I get the sense that people on the Republican side are enjoying this moment, but this is empty rhetoric,” Williams said, and added that those with cancelled plans would potentially get better and cheaper coverage under the exchanges. “This is not the apocalypse.” Hume couldn’t believe the spin coming from Williams.
“The president promised explicitly — we heard it on this program — if you like the coverage you have now you can keep it, period,” Hume emphasized. “These hundreds of thousands of people evidently like the policies they had, because they kept paying for them. They’re now being told they can’t have those polices anymore. They must have policies that involve coverage for things they may feel they don’t need.”
Hume’s thunder woke the tweeps in the Twitterverse:
”They’re going to get better coverage, at potentially lower cost,” Williams put in.
“Whose idea of better coverage — their idea or the government’s?” Hume shot back. “They’re going to offer a government-mandated deal, that may or may not be a better deal for the people involved. They’re elderly people being required to pay for maternity coverage.”
And the Twitterverse was pleased.
Watch the Fox News video of the exchange.