Fox News' Sean Hannity must be upset that Megyn Kelly is taking his 9 PM slot because he sounded like a raving lunatic attacking Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) on "Hannity" last night. The Democrat Congressman found him self in a vicious debate with Sean Hannity on Obamacare over exemptions that businesses and members of Congress receive for the Affordable Care Act that individuals do not. Pascrell refused to accept Hannity’s premise about the exemptions, fighting back hard against him and Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ). “Regardless of what the folks say, this is going to be successful,” Pascrell said of Obamacare. “And they don’t want it to be.” “I have said I won’t take the subsidy,” Rep. Salmon said the of the exemption for Congress. “I’m not taking it. I think we should live under the same laws every American does.”“I don’t have the federal plan,” Pascrell countered. “I have my own plan. So you don’t know what you are talking about.”
From there, Hannity began accusing Pascrell of lying, yelling at him, "You get a 72% subsidy Congressmen!" “You’re getting special perks and special breaks for yourself, absolutely. So cut the crap and stop lying to the audience!”Hannity didn't stop there. He went on, “Do you know what your problem?” he asked. “You are an elitist. You think you are above the American people.” When the congressman tried to tell Hannity what his “problem” is, he shot back, “My problem is people who lie on this program. You’re lying to the American people.”
“Don’t you dare call me a liar!” Pascrell said, insisting he doesn’t have a "special subsidy" that the rest of America can’t get.
Once again, Hannity is either a complete idiot or he is willfully misleading his audience. What Hannity is screaming about about is the fact that Congress’s employer (i.e., the federal government) subsidizes its employees’ insurance the way that every employer that offers health benefits currently does. It is part of the salary/benefit package that federal employees receive when hired. Most employers, including private sector employers, make contribution to their employees health care insurance premiums. Saying it’s a special exemption for members of Congress is again either incredibly stupid and misinformed, or willfully misleading.
Then to add insult to injury, Hannity pulls a Mitt Romney and offered to bet $10,000 with the congressman with the winnings going to the charity of his choice if he’s right. Pascrell had to much class to respond to the idiocy. He should have taken the bet.