You really have to watch the video to perceive Chris Hayes' pathos. The poor guy really needs a hug. He needs to be reassured that—yes—it will all work out in the end for Obamacare.
On his MSNBC show this evening, Hayes asked—begged—guest Dr. Kavita Patel, a former Obama healthcare policy advisor, to assure him that in six months or a year, Obamacare would be working. Patel reached across the airwaves to pat poor Chris' hand—but with a proviso that surely sent a shiver up Chris' spine. View the video afer the jump.
Really, I have never seen a more distressed MSNBC host. Maybe we could get together and stage a Hug-In For Hayes. Cause he's good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like Obamacare.
CHRIS HAYES: Right now, your honest answer, is this all going to work? Six months from now, when you and I are talking, a year from now, is this going to work?
KAVITA PATEL: Yes. So I do believe, I honestly believe this, as both a physician and a policy person, I really do believe that the insurance reforms that were passed in the Affordable Care Act are going to work. We've seen them start to work. And I do believe that as we get through glitches, all the way to what happened today, we are going to be able to fast forward. What I am nervous about, Chris, is I don't want know how long it's going to take for us to sit and say, you know what, looking back on that, we're really comfortable it worked. Remember, with Part D and Medicare, it took us a little while to say that. So, I do think we will say that, though.