White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was questioned earlier this week about an embarrassing situation for President Obama and his signature legislation, ObamaCare. It concerns Obama’s former Harvard colleagues who are now complaining about the Affordable Care Act. Many of them now view the law as unaffordable.
A majority of those complaining about the law used to be adamant supporters. Harvard released a statement saying the law has raised health insurance costs and claimed the matter would force the university to “change the plans for its health staff.”
At the briefing, Ed Henry of Fox News asked a surprised Earnest whether it was “hypocritical” for the once-loyal professors to claim that ObamaCare wasn’t good for the country. He cited that the professors now found they had to personally pay higher premiums.
Earnest appeared bewildered by the question and taken off guard. After taking a moment to compose himself, the press secretary smiled and delivered an off-the-cuff response that included the usual talking points about the law.
The press gallery seemed amused at the surprise question and answer session between the two men. The irony was thick in the air that some of the biggest ObamaCare supporters are now less than pleased with the reality of the law.
There were no further questions on the subject. Earnest continued to answer several more questions and retreated to the back room of the podium.