NBC’s Andrea Mitchell: Too Many White Men in Charge of Healthcare

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Subbing for Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press,” guest host Andrea Mitchell told Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price that she was concerned about the lack of diversity seen in the Rose Garden celebration last Thursday. Mitchell insinuated that there were too many “white men” in the photos, which presumably explains why the American Health Care Act is not the liberal fantasy NBC viewers have come to expect from their government.

“Let’s talk about women,” Mitchell said Sunday. “When we looked at the Rose Garden and the celebration of this on Thursday, they were mostly all men – and white men at that. There was no diversity there. Women’s health issues arguably are going to be disproportionately affected. Obamacare includes maternity and newborn care, preventative care, mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, birth control, all of this under the essential package no longer required under this house bill.”

Price pointed out that Mitchell was factually wrong. “Andrea, come on,” he said. “Look at that picture. Congresswoman Diane Black, the chair of the budget committee – I was standing next to her. Seema Verma, the administrator of CMS – I was standing next to her.”

“Out of a group of dozens and dozens of people, you can cite two or three women?” Mitchell asked.

“These are prominent individuals who are leading in this area of health care,” Price explained. “But the goal as I mentioned is to make certain every American – men, women, rich, poor, old, young – has the kind of coverage that they want for themselves and for their families. Not that government forces them to buy. That’s the change.”

Mitchell was likely unconvinced. Perhaps she had been watching Friday night’s edition of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” on MSNBC, where Fordham University Professor Christina Greer made a similar point about the lack of diversity within the Trump administration. Greer, however, felt the all-white, all-male photo-ops were less a PR gaffe and more an intentional signal to the Trump voting base.

“I think the visual of all the older, white men is deliberate,” Greer said. “I mean, he’s done this with his executive orders. He wants his base supporters to see this is a white supremacist administration, and he wants them to see this leadership. Women are not involved. People of color are not involved. And I think that this is a branding thing – it’s him and his ilk.”

The next time a Trump administration official is confronted with this kind of blatant bait, they should simply laugh in the host’s face. Just laugh and laugh. Because no one with the brains God gave a goat could possibly buy into this obscene narrative. Are we supposed to believe that, had there been six or seven women in the celebration, the media would be praising the health care bill? Nine or ten? How many black women need to be involved to transform bad, conservative legislation into good, progressive legislation? How many gays? How many Muslims? What’s the tipping point, exactly?

It’s either a good bill or it isn’t. This is either an effective government or it isn’t. Applying some arbitrary racial/gender standard to it is just a cheap way for liberals to score points. Hopefully, most Americans are catching on to that.