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Tom Brokaw Sniffs: Public is 'Very Confused' About Obamacare
Newsbusters ^ | 3/4/10 | Geoffrey Dickens (

Posted on 03/04/2010 3:42:35 PM PST by Nachum

NBC's Tom Brokaw, in searching for a reason as to why Obamacare faced so much opposition, on Thursday's Today show, determined it was because the people can't quite grasp it, as he sniffed: "The public is very confused." The former NBC Nightly News anchor, on to promote his CNBC documentary about the Baby Boom generation, also told Today co-anchor Matt Lauer that the GOP was fighting the current version of the health care bill for merely "political" and not principled reasons and depicted the uninsured as victims to the now powerful tea party.[audio available here]

For his part, a bewildered Lauer expressed disbelief at the unpopular state of the Democratic Party right now as he questioned Brokaw:

"Could you have imagined that a year later the President's popularity numbers would be dwindling, the Democratic Party would be reeling and they'd be justifiably nervous about the midterm elections?"

The following exchange was aired on the March 4 Today show:

MATT LAUER: Let's move on to health care, another subject that's a lightning rod. The President now says he'll go it alone with the Democrats in the Senate and, and in the House, this reconciliation idea. You only need 51 votes. But it's not clear whether he has those votes.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brokaw; confused; public; sniffs
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No, Tom. It is you who are confused. About a great many things.
1 posted on 03/04/2010 3:42:35 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

gmta


2 posted on 03/04/2010 3:43:43 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: Nachum

No, it is you Tom who are confused over a great many things!


3 posted on 03/04/2010 3:44:09 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: Nachum

Tom is a frickin propaganda stooge.


4 posted on 03/04/2010 3:44:16 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Nachum

The public has their ducks in a row - the Democrats don’t.


5 posted on 03/04/2010 3:44:29 PM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: Secret Agent Man

I’m glad that he’s outed himself for who he is.


6 posted on 03/04/2010 3:46:05 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: From The Deer Stand

Man the old farts cling to past glory . Go home you old fool .


7 posted on 03/04/2010 3:46:16 PM PST by fantom (,)
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To: Nachum

Sure Tom, it’s the process that failed here. Sure it is. Those 47 speeches that Obama gave promoting this piece of crap simply weren’t enough to explain it to the American people. Right.


8 posted on 03/04/2010 3:46:35 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: DarthVader

Confused, right.

How did Dan Rather put it in 92? The voters went on a TEMPER TANTRUM..?

Can’t wait until the State Controlled Media is HISTORY!


9 posted on 03/04/2010 3:46:39 PM PST by TokuMei
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To: TokuMei

They may commit hari-kari this November when the Tsunami hits.


10 posted on 03/04/2010 3:48:43 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: Nachum

Being confused over healthcare Tom beats being just plain confused.


11 posted on 03/04/2010 3:49:31 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: DarthVader

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KLPe_e0ZJA&feature=related


12 posted on 03/04/2010 3:50:11 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Tom is senile


13 posted on 03/04/2010 3:50:14 PM PST by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: Nachum
Brokaw is a self-important limosuine-liberal snob who is convinced everyone else except him and his cocktail party buddies are too stupid to know what's good for them. Only Tom and his buddies are fit to rule over everyone else...for their own good.
14 posted on 03/04/2010 3:51:51 PM PST by Obadiah (Democrats and their life partners, the MSM)
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To: Nachum

Come on Tom don’t you remember when a very wise President once said at his fist inaugural “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”


15 posted on 03/04/2010 3:53:42 PM PST by Typical_Whitey (Americans understand Oppressive Big Government is modern day Slavery.)
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To: Nachum

I read the entire House bill and the entire Senate bill. Did Brokaw? I watched days of testimony in person, paying attention to the content. Did Brokaw? I looked at how the ideas in the bill have worked in other countries that tried socialized medicine. Did Brokaw? I looked at the economic incentives and how they would affect cost and quality. Did Brokaw?

One of us is confused, and Brokaw thinks it’s me.


16 posted on 03/04/2010 3:53:49 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Obadiah

Yup, exactly Bambi’s view, that he hasn’t “talked enough” about it to the dumbass American people, otherwise they would be stampeding to get ObamaCare.


17 posted on 03/04/2010 3:55:37 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: Tarpon

Poor Tom, he is just another slave on mac daddies plantation.


18 posted on 03/04/2010 3:56:01 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: Nachum

Has anyone noticed that Brit Hume and Tom Brokaw sound almost exactly alike?


19 posted on 03/04/2010 3:56:19 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Islam is incompatible with American traditions and values)
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To: Nachum

Isn’t Tom Brokaw the CANADIAN guy who owns a ranch and shoots WOLVES on it?

As an alien here hosted in our country, why do we rely on him to explain our political system..?

NBC = BAD JUDGMENT


20 posted on 03/04/2010 3:56:22 PM PST by TokuMei
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To: Nachum

Tom needs a good town hall meeting with him in the middle asking question of the one thousand Americans surrounding him. Then he wouldn’t be so confused. IOW Tom, time to shut your mouth that has been running far too long, and finally learn something you should have learned a long time ago.


21 posted on 03/04/2010 3:58:17 PM PST by wita
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To: Nachum
Hell, I am confused too! How does a 2500 page bill costing a TRILLON dollars NOT add to the deficit and why isn't EVERYONE covered?

If it is so great, why won't the Dems pass it with or without the Republicans?

22 posted on 03/04/2010 3:59:12 PM PST by Normal4me
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To: 9YearLurker

he outed himself decades ago


23 posted on 03/04/2010 4:01:50 PM PST by xp38
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To: TokuMei

not Canadian....from the Dakotas not sure which one


24 posted on 03/04/2010 4:05:53 PM PST by xp38
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To: Nachum

It is anchors like Brokaw and Lauer who are “confused” about their roles in the state-run media.


25 posted on 03/04/2010 4:08:33 PM PST by citizencon
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To: Nachum

I would say Brokaw is the confused individual, not the public, who correctly smell a shipload of fat rats included in Obamacare! Among the liberties at stake here is private property, your bank account, where you work, live, and what you eat. On and on and on. Brokaw looks like such a clean cut American boy, but he is as treacherous as his Progressive counterparts in league to bring down the good American way of life!


26 posted on 03/04/2010 4:09:31 PM PST by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: Nachum
NBC's Tom Brokaw, searching for a reason as to why Obamacare faced so much opposition, on Thursday's Today show, determined it was because the people can't quite grasp it

It must be such a burden for "Tom" to have such a rarefied level of intelligence and education, and have to talk down to us dunderheads who didn't receive the quality college experience that he did. His resume is filled with so many accomplishments that it must be embarrassing to share them all with his adoring public.

I stand in awe.

ML/NJ

27 posted on 03/04/2010 4:12:15 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: xp38

I believe you’re right —it’s Peter Jennings who is Canadian, maybe, yes.


28 posted on 03/04/2010 4:13:37 PM PST by TokuMei
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To: ml/nj

I can’t believe people don’t trust the SEIU with their health care concerns...


29 posted on 03/04/2010 4:17:24 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: TokuMei

yes...Jennings is more a was now since he died a few years ago.


30 posted on 03/04/2010 4:18:47 PM PST by xp38
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To: Nachum
More about his quality college experience:
Tom Brokaw dropped out of The University of Iowa, where he says he majored in "beer and co-eds" before receiving his B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion in 1964.
This is from his Wikipedia Bio which also features a picture of "Tom" the tourguide greeting the 20,000th visitor to the Gavins Point Dam. (Yes. I had to look it up. It's on the Missouri at the northern border of Nebraska.) The bio is almost humorous until he begins being taken seriously.

ML/NJ

31 posted on 03/04/2010 4:22:42 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: Nachum

TOM BROKENJAW CAN KISS MY ASS.


32 posted on 03/04/2010 4:23:32 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Nachum
Yes, I admit to being confused.

Now, I'm having this teensy "issue" with having my health care confiscated (my provider being driven out of business by impossible regulations and intentionally non-viable business conditions).

The facts are that it will cost me more, I will lose my family doctor, and I'll have to wait in long lines (behind illegal aliens) to see a nurses' aid (trainee) leaves me to wonder why so many on the left really want this.

Don't Democrats, Marxists, and/or media types get sick?

(Or, are they going to have "special" clandestine clinics with real doctors?)

Oh, I once lived in England. Great country, marvelous people; however I did get a firsthand glimpse of socialized medicine. All I can say is take your vitamins, get exercise, and don't get sick, because you really, really do not want "single payer" socialized death care.

So, yup.

I'm confused. Confused as to what's in it for you, Mr. Brokaw.

.

33 posted on 03/04/2010 4:27:38 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Nachum
Tom Brokaw reminds me of a donkey who see himself in a mirror, and then becomes self-hypnotized.
34 posted on 03/04/2010 4:37:13 PM PST by J Edgar
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To: Nachum

Yes, Tom, we are soooo stupid. We aren’t part of the intellectual elite like you. We understand nothing. We’re just the unwashed masses trying to buy bread and stale baloney with the pennies our government leaves us. We can’t possibly benefit from the intelligent conversations you have with your friends in Manhattan, or your pals down at NBC-PRAVDA.


35 posted on 03/04/2010 4:40:32 PM PST by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: Nachum
Brokaw is a confused stooge who needs his ass kicked until he isn't confused any more.
36 posted on 03/04/2010 4:40:50 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: J Edgar

Uh . . . Narcissus?


37 posted on 03/04/2010 4:41:07 PM PST by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: TokuMei

Was. jennings died a while back and apparently still is dead.


38 posted on 03/04/2010 4:43:07 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Nachum

I couldn’t have imagined a muslim in the White House only 7 years after 911, Tom.


39 posted on 03/04/2010 4:44:12 PM PST by Terry Mross (We need a "Second Sons of Liberty".)
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To: Nachum

We’re not confused at all, Tom, you big blowhard. We’re angry because we actually know what’s going on.


40 posted on 03/04/2010 4:46:18 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: MrChips

Yeah - but I don’t know how to spell some of those long words - but his personality and delivery remind me of a donkey for some reason.


41 posted on 03/04/2010 4:48:32 PM PST by J Edgar
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To: hinckley buzzard

Well now I’ll prolly listen to him more —haven’t watched lamestream news in...15 years now, and feel much better for it.


42 posted on 03/04/2010 4:49:27 PM PST by TokuMei
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To: J Edgar

Well, the truth is, all extreme Leftists are narcissists, wallowing in solipsism (i.e. in the mirror).


43 posted on 03/04/2010 4:52:00 PM PST by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: Nachum

Hey Tom, you are looking very foolish. The American people think this bill stinks. Our eyes are wide open, shame yours are not.

Geesh, what an idiot he is.


44 posted on 03/04/2010 4:55:08 PM PST by dforest
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To: Nachum

I’m not confused, I READ.

OBAMANOMICS—TRICKLE DOWN DESTRUCTION of the economy
Bambi doesn’t keep his promises...so buyer beware!

SET THEIR LOCAL AND DC LINES ON FIRE!

PLEASE ASK THEM TO REPEAL THE BIG NEW FEES in TRICARE for Life, the retired Military over 65 secondary health ins. which they passed in a DOD bill. They promised our Military these benefits, and our Military have earned them.

Sen Scott Brown’s number is 202-224-4543
Capitol Hill switchboard is 202-224-3121

Lots of local demwit phone numbers on this thread
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2408217/posts

Rename, repackage, rewrite it a tad smaller, and sell another pig in a poke. NO COLAs for granny, retired Military or retired fed employees. BIG NEW fees for Tricare for Life retired over 65 Military’s secondary health ins. (DOD bill already passed, delayed but goes into effect 2011 NEEDS TO BE REPEALED!

OBAMA’s WAR ON SENIORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2433867/posts/

New Dem mantra: Woof, woof eat dog food granny....ala let them eat cake.

Obama says slight fix will extend Social Security, http://townhall.com/news/us/2010/02/19/obama_says_slight_fix_will_extend_social_security

Health Care Rationing for Seniors Another Problem in New Obama Plan http://www.lifenews.com/bio3058.html

Medicare tax may apply to investment income (ObamaCare tax hike)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2460988/posts

Obama: No reduced Medicare benefits in health care reform
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/07/28/obama.health.care/index.html

Will healthcare reform mean cuts in Medicare for seniors?
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2009/1017/will-healthcare-reform-mean-cuts-in-medicare-for-seniors

Health Reform’s Hidden Victims Young people and seniors would pay a high price for ObamaCare.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203517304574306303720472842.html

SOCIALIZED MED THREAD http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2463709/posts

MILITARY & Retired MILITARY

TRI CARE FOR LIFE This from a google search:

http://economicspolitics.blogspot.com/2009/05/tricare-for-life-is-obama-trying-to.html

This option would help reduce the costs of TFL, as well as costs for Medicare, by introducing minimum out-of pocket requirements for beneficiaries. Under this option, TFL would not cover any of the first $525 of an enrollee’s cost-sharing liabilities for calendar year 2011 and would limit coverage to 50 percent of the next $4,725 in Medicare cost sharing that the beneficiary incurred. (Because all further cost sharing would be covered by TFL, enrollees could not pay more than $2,888 in cost sharing in that year.) http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/99xx/doc9925/12-18-HealthOptions.pdf

Bill Would Restrict Veterans’ Health Care Options 11/06/09
Buyer and McKeon Offer Amendments to Protect Veterans and TRICARE Beneficiaries

Congress plans to block Tricare fee increases
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2009/10/military_tricarefees_blocked_100709w
http://www.navytimes.com/news/2009/10/military_tricarefees_blocked_100709w/

By Rick Maze - Staff writer, Oct 7, 2009

Tricare fee increases imposed last week by the Defense Department will be repealed by a provision of the compromise 2010 defense authorization bill unveiled Wednesday by House and Senate negotiators.

The fee increases were announced on Sept. 30 and took effect on Oct. 1, but the defense bill, HR 2647, includes a provision barring any fee increases until the start of fiscal 2011.

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Bill Matz, president of the National Association for Uniformed Services, said the announcement of fee increases was shocking considering that the Obama administration promised earlier this year to hold off on any new fee Tricare fee increases until fiscal 2011.

“President Obama and DoD assured NAUS and the entire military family earlier this year that there would rightly be no increases in any Tricare fees” in fiscal 2010, Matz said. “We took them at their word, and I can’t believe that a co-pay increase like this was allowed to go forward,” he added.


45 posted on 03/04/2010 4:57:03 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: MrChips

I believe you are Correcto Mundo in the extreme!


46 posted on 03/04/2010 5:01:19 PM PST by J Edgar
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To: Nachum

Wasn’t it Tom, during the campaign that said he was a little confused because we “really don’t know much about Obama?”


47 posted on 03/04/2010 5:10:50 PM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: Nachum
FUTB.

Know what Obamacare will mean for me?

I am self-employed and I buy my own insurance (with after-tax dollars, which is a disgrace in itself, but I digress). I pay around $320 a month for a high-deductible policy. I'm (touch wood) in good health, don't smoke/drink/take drugs, and I'm happy enough with it.

Under Obamacare, such high-deductible policies are illegal.

Under Obamacare, my policy would be bumped up to include everything: Doctor visits, prescription drugs, etc., all from the first dollar. Of course, my rate would be much higher. I'd be paying double what I pay now, in the mid-$600s a month.

I cannot afford this.

Obamacare would give me the choice between a) paying $7200 a year for insurance or $1000 a year for no insurance. Or going to jail for paying none of the above.

Let me sum up: I am a currently insured person who will be made uninsured because of Obamacare.

48 posted on 03/04/2010 5:26:31 PM PST by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: Nachum

As if we needed more proof of the liberal bias in broadcast news, Brokaw demonstrates just how socialistic he is. How many years did he mislead the American people? He may write about the greatest generation, but he is certainly not part of it.


49 posted on 03/04/2010 5:37:30 PM PST by Nosterrex
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To: Nachum

I guess Tom has much to teach all of us uneducated, ill-informed dolts. < /sarcasm>


50 posted on 03/04/2010 5:46:48 PM PST by az.b1bbomberfxr
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