Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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Host Warren Olney pulled Ben into the discussion for his story on “The Campaign For Obamacare,” which asked the question: “Will the Hard Sell for Obamacare be Too Little, Too Late?” The nearly four-minute segment features Ben explaining that Obamacare will be a tough sell to the young folks — who happened to vote for him in large numbers twice.
It will be difficult, Ben said, to convince young, healthy people to buy a product they don’t need at a price they don’t want to pay … basically out of the goodness of their hearts to make society better.
Ben described Obamacare as “a redistribution of wealth from the young and the healthy to the older and the sicker,” adding that “the promise was not that the law would result in better coverage for everyone, but higher premiums, it was that the law would lower premiums.”
Listen to the part that features Ben in the player above, and listen to the whole KCRW segment here.