MSNBC host Chris Matthews and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) were given an education tonight by Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter on everything from partisanship and the Filibuster to the truth behind the national interest (or lack thereof) in Obamacare.
Matthews' biggest concern seemed to be "Covering the uninsured." McCotter clearly explained to Matthews how the market works, and that if government would work to open the free market to allow consumers to have more choices, the "Thirty Million" uninsured might have a better chance at gaining coverage. Matthews beat this horse over and over, at one time making references to Nixon, at which point McCotter said, "Well, I was eight years old."
Matthews quickly attempted to turn the debate to car insurance in an effort to equate car insurance to medical insurance. McCotter offered an abrupt, "We have car insurance at the state level," missing a grand opportunity to shut down liberals once and for all by describing how auto insurance is a requirement due to the liability of the insured to protect the victim of an accident, whereas medical insurance is an issue of personal responsibility and self-concern.
Matthews said "I love this Libertarian view," to which McCotter replied "It is your leftist view that somehow government can do everything and not raise the cost."
"Your argument is with the American people," McCotter added.
Matthews finally summarized correctly that this discussion between Matthews and Congressmen McCotter and Connolly was a clear breakdown between the two sides of the Obamacare debate.
While McCotter is not the most Conservative representative in Congress, he serves his constituency well and represented Conservatism well in this particular instance.