Lou Dobbs looked like he was hoping to get President Obama's former doctor to trash him, and instead got polite disagreement, and some straight talk on health care reform he looked like he didn't want to hear, but wasn't willing to argue against. Sorry Lou, no red meat from this interview. Instead just some very good arguments about why we should have universal Medicare.
DOBBS: The president's health care proposal has many critics. One is the president's former personal physician, Dr. David Scheiner. Dr. Scheiner is a Chicago doctor. He treated President Obama for more than two decades. He says the president's health care plan will not work because it's too expensive and too compromised.
Doctor, it's great to have you with us here. You know I think a lot...
DR. DAVID SCHEINER, PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FORMER PHYSICIAN: Thank you very much.
DOBBS: I think a lot of people are going to be surprised that -- you know, you spend two decades with your patient and now you're a little disappointed, to say the least, with his health care plan. Why so?
SCHEINER: Well, you know, I have tremendous respect for him. He's incredible, maybe the best president I've been living through and I go back to Franklin Roosevelt. But on this issue I think he's wrong and I think...
DOBBS: And we're only six months in.
SCHEINER: Well, I think on this particular I think he's wrong.
DOBBS: No, I'm just kidding with you.
SCHEINER: He is extraordinarily bright. I mean the man is incredible.
SCHEINER: His knowledge. Once I told him a joke the last time I saw him, and he remembered that I told him the same joke, and he criticized me. If he can remember dumb jokes this guy has got a memory.
DOBBS: Yes, he's got a memory but what's his vision? And that's the issue here. You say this plan is too expensive and doesn't go far enough in the sense that it isn't sufficiently universal, isn't sufficiently nationalized? In what way?