MSNBC Onscreen Graphic Asks if ObamaCare Rollout Is 'Obama's Katrina?'

You know it's bad when MSNBC is using the K-word: Katrina.

Below the page break you can check out the onscreen graphic deployed on today's Jansing & Co. in a segment featuring former senators Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) where the stateswomen discussed President Obama's ObamaCare rollout blues:

Of course, for her part, host Chris Jansing did her best to assure her audience that President Obama's temporarily going through a rough patch, but that he would likely weather the storm just fine and have better days ahead. Hutchison admitted that while modern politics is a fluid game, the president's health care overhaul so radically transformed the health care industry that his woes with ObamaCare are unlikely to go away anytime soon:

JANSING: Senator Hutchison, just a couple of months ago there were predictions President Obama was a dead duck over Syria and then you saw what happened with the government shutdown and suddenly things changed and things looked so bad for the Republicans. Now we're here and people are talking gloom and doom for the president for the rest of his term of three years. I'm wondering, could things change just as quickly on this?

HUTCHISON: Well, of course things change in politics. But, Chris, I think what's different here is that the health care plan that he has put forward was reforming the whole system, changing what people who had coverage could do and hoping that it would all work out to bring more insured people in.

It's like you don't blow up the house because the heater doesn't work. You work on fixing the heater. And we do need to work on a plan that will bring coverage to more people, but not by taking it away from the vast majority of people who do have health care that they like, that they want to keep. And that was the mistake in the first place.

And when this is compared to Katrina, I don't think that's even apt because this affects people individually everywhere who are facing a cancelled health care policy. The horror of opening a letter that says you no longer will have health insurance on January 1st and people have families and they don't see anything that would help them, that cannot be underestimated here.


Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is a writer living in New Carrollton, Md.