A nice, testy exchange here between White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and ABC’s Jonathan Karl.
Karl is suggesting that Obama misled people by letting them think they were getting something different by signing up for Obamacare over the phone, when in fact the call handlers have to use the website themselves. Carney says Obama was merely telling people they could apply more quickly and then the handlers would take it from there.
I’m not sure Carney is wrong on this one. Here’s what Obama said:
Once you get on the phone with a trained representative, it usually takes about 25 minutes for an individual to apply for coverage, about 45 minutes for a family. Once you apply for coverage, you will be contacted by email or postal mail about your coverage status.
Anyway, quite entertaining as they get under each other’s skin. Things start to get heated at around 2:15.
Carney clearly loses his cool here. But I don’t think he’s attacking the press or being inordinately disrespectful, as I’ve seen suggested. He saves that for private conversations.