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October 8th, 2013
11:49 PM ET

Josh Barro: "The thing that Republicans are really afraid of is that Obamacare is working"

With the government showdown dominating the news cycle and paralyzing the nation, Tuesday evening saw Piers Morgan welcome his "All-Star Panel," a collection of insightful and educated individuals, all charged with adding their own specific brand of perspective to the ongoing Washington standstill.

"There was a reinterpretation of the law by the Pentagon lawyers, and suddenly half of Washington is back at work," explained David Sanger, "The New York Times" Washington correspondent. "I was in one federal building yesterday where it had been mostly an empty a week ago, and it was mostly full yesterday. So what I think this does is sort of undercut the question of how much of this is real or not."

Asked about the human toll being felt as a result of the nation's two primary political parties being unable to locate a middle ground, and Kellyanne Conway suggested it dates back further than last week:

"There are terrible stories in the last five years because of the economic policies. Let's do an ongoing reel of small businesses that failed or never...got their start out of the gate, Piers, because of the stimulus and TARP and Obamacare," said the Republican strategist. "You've read all the stories now, of employers cutting, reducing hours to 25 a week so that they don't have to comply with the mandates of Obamacare, they don't have to provide the health insurance."

Seated directly to Conway's right, Josh Barro was aghast:

"This is an economic narrative Republicans have made up...when you look at the borad economic data, there's no evidence that that's a major trend," said the politics editor for "Business Insider." "I'm talking about the economy...the insurance that you get under Obamacare is different and better than the plan that [sic] is comparing it to. The thing that Republicans are really afraid of is that Obamacare is working."

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  1. A.Sillman

    Piers! Why don't you SAY out loud that it's about one/third as much to get health care coverage since obamacare??????
    It would have cost me $1500 a month to get what will now cost $350 a month!!!! Why don't you freakin SAY that when your republican guests say it will cost more??????

    October 9, 2013 at 12:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Lenna B

    My medical insurance premiums have increased 24-28% each year for the past 4 years. I am in a grandfathered plan. My premium for my son and me is currently $702/month. If I switch to the best Obamacare plan offered by my carrier, my premium would be $913/month. That ACA platinum plan offers me lesser coverage than I currently have. In addition, I would have an additional $5000 per year out of pocket expenses. I honestly don't see how switching into an ACA plan is more "affordable."

    October 9, 2013 at 1:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lenna B

      And yes, I am in an individual plan, not employer sponsored.

      October 9, 2013 at 1:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mike B

    Piers, you are letting your animosity towards Jon Stewart cloud your show. You claimed that Kathleen Sebelius did not know anything about ACA and you showed a clip where she actually did appear to know some things. It seems you wanted that clip because Jon asked rhetorically if he was stupid so that you can say slam him and say yes. Why go to that level Sir?! You show is good enough and there is no need to be so vial. cheers.

    October 9, 2013 at 3:54 am | Report abuse | Reply

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