Tue Oct 06, 2009 at 12:35:22 PM PDT
File this under things you never thought you'd see -- Fox anchor Shep Smith destroying Republican Senator John Barasso on the public option.
One of the many money quotes:
SMITH: What more than 60 percent of Americans say they support is a public option. This has been an enormous win for the health care industry. That is an unquestioned fact, but I wonder, what happens to the American people when we come out with legislation now which requires everyone to have health care insurance -- or many more people -- but does not give a public option? Therefore millions more people will have to buy insurance from the very corporations that are overcharging us, and whose profits have gone up 350 percent in the last ten years. It seems like we the people are the ones getting the shaft here.
Shep Smith might be Fox's most reasonable host, but that doesn't make him a liberal. He's still a Republican-leaning type of guy, and the fact that he sees the value of a public option illustrates just how sensible and mainstream an idea it is.