Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski on Monday that he didn’t recall the exact discussions surrounding President Obama’s pledge that people could keep their health insurance if they wanted to under Obamacare, but he admitted that it was the “wrong move.”
Brzezinski: Robert, you’re a communications guy and you were there. How could the President say—when you know that 5% of the people, and 5% is obviously a small part of the story and overall the impact—if you believe in this law, is better than what happens here, but it’s millions of people, you know what’s going to happen in the press, you know there’s going to be hardships for those people—why would you let your President say that?”
Gibbs: I don’t recall significant discussions around some of the verbiage on this, to be 100 percent honest with you.
Brzezinski: But do you agree it was a wrong move?
Gibbs: Oh, well certainly.
Gibbs also called a Washington Post article on the failed rollout of Obamacare “fairly devastating,” and that he didn’t have an answer as to why the administration didn’t delay the rollout, considering that they knew the system wasn’t ready.
Even though he admitted that the President’s promise was not a good move, Gibbs tried to defend Obama by saying that many of the plans were grandfathered as long as they didn’t change, and that he didn’t understand why so many of the plans changed so quickly.
They changed because Obamacare required them to change in order to be compliant with the new law, resulting in a loss of their “grandfathered” status, and generally higher premiums and deductibles to boot. But the media, for the most part, choose to overlook these aspects of Obamacare.