Rockefeller Says People Don't Like the President Because He's the Wrong Color

Sen. Jay Rockefeller

At a hearing about health care reform earlier this week, Sen. Jay Rockefeller said that legislation is stalled and progress is not being made in Congress because some people think President Obama is he wrong color.

“I think it’s very important to take a long view at what’s going on here. And I’ll be able to dig up some emails that make part of the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t look good. Especially from people who’ve made up their mind that they don’t want it to work because they don’t like the president. Maybe he’s of the wrong color.  Something of that sort. I’ve seen a lot of that. And I know a lot of that to be true. It’s not something you’re meant to talk about in public but it’s something I’m talking about in public because that is very true.”  – Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D) West Virginia

Rockefeller was attending a hearing Wednesday of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The hearing examined the impact the minimum medical loss ratio requirements in health care reform have had on making sure that health insurers are accountable to consumers and provide appropriate value for premium dollars.