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MSNBC's Al Sharpton: Obamacare a 'godsend,' not a 'catastrophe'

Al Sharpton calls Obamacare a "godsend."
Al Sharpton calls Obamacare a "godsend."
MSNBC via Newsbusters

According to MSNBC's Al Sharpton, despite millions losing coverage and skyrocketing premiums, Obamacare is not a catastrophe, but a "godsend," Newsbusters reported Tuesday.

"Getting people covered, saving them money, stopping insurance companies from discriminating against people with preexisting conditions. That's not a catastrophe, it's a godsend. And we've got one more week to prove it," he said.

Paul Bremmer went so far as to say MSNBC worships Barack Obama with Sharpton as the high priest, since Krystal Ball, co-host of "The Cycle," determined that the Hobby Lobby case isn't really about religious liberty but “whether your employer can decide what kind of health care you're going to have access to.”

“Employers and corporations don't have a religion," she sniffed.

"Really, Krystal?" Bremmer asked in response. "A corporation itself may not have a religion, but many employers certainly do. Employers are human beings with thoughts and beliefs just like the rest of us. Should their religious convictions not be respected, as well as their autonomy to run their businesses as they see fit?"

Sharpton started the program by celebrating the four-year anniversary of Obamacare's passage, playing clips of statements made by the president.

But, Bremmer noted, Sharpton did not play a clip of Obama's broken promises.

"There was no mention of, 'If you like your plan, you can keep it,' or 'If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,' or any variation on that theme," Bremmer added.

Obama's claim that Americans can keep their insurance plan was so outrageous it was named Politifact's "Lie of the Year" for 2013.

But being a dutiful propagandist for the administration, Sharpton elected not to mention it.

Nor did Sharpton mention that Obama lied to OFA staffers about his healthcare lie.

"Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed," Obama told his starry-eyed followers. "So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act, you're grandfathered in on that plan. But if the insurance company changes it, then what we're saying is they've got to change it to a higher standard."

But that is not what the president said when he was selling the program.

"If you like your healthcare plan, you'll be able to keep your healthcare plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what," he told the American Health Association in 2009.

He repeated that line numerous times, knowing full well it was not true.

Obama also admitted recently that despite his promises, many may lose their doctor.

“For the average person,” he admitted, “many folks who don’t have health insurance initially, they’re going to have to make some choices. And they might end up having to switch doctors, in part because they’re saving money.”

Sharpton, however, failed to mention that.

"After all," Bremmer added, "if you are trying to pass off ObamaCare as a godsend, why mention those things that the law has taken away?"

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