CNN’s Don Lemon interviewed conservative radio host Larry Elder over the Affordable Health Care Act and criticized the Republican Party for “ruining” its brand over the health care law. Republicans on the Hill joined together to force a shutdown over Obamacare, but the bill was implemented anyway, leaving many to wonder whether the GOP showdown with Obama was a media stunt.
Lemon pointed out the need for health care reform, but Elder noted that “74 percent of small business people believe that Obamacare is a bad idea.”
“That’s not true,” Lemon responded. “Because many people wanted it to be stronger when it came to single payer.”
Elder attempted to further explain his point, but Lemon cut him off, explaining that Republicans are going to ruin their brand by going down this road.
“[As] someone who is independent, I’m telling you the Republican Party needs to take a good, long look in the mirror over this issue,” Lemon insisted. “I don’t understand why you can’t see that.”
“You are ruining your brand,” Lemon scolded. “You need brand management.”
There is still no end to the government shutdown but the situation is looking optimistic now that House of Representative Leader John Boehner has spoken to President Obama about ending the shutdown.
“The president and the speaker spoke by telephone a few minutes ago. They agreed that we should all keep talking,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement.