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GOP Senator Too Embarrassed to Answer Health Care Repeal Bill Question on MSNBC

His deflection told you everything you need to know.

Photo Credit: MSNBC

Host Katy Tur tried valiantly to get Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) to answer a straightforward question about the Graham-Cassidy bill during an interview on MSNBC. She wanted to know if people with pre-existing conditions in Wyoming would still be able to afford insurance.

Barrasso knows the cost will skyrocket, so he tried to wiggle out of answering.

“The costs have gone up almost already gone up on Obamacare, Katy, so much that people can’t afford it,” Barrasso said in a non-answer. After some crosstalk, Tur made it clear she wasn't interested in deflection.

"I’m trying to get you to answer the question that I asked,” she said. 

Tur later restated the question, which Barrasso again refused to answer. “That’s not what I asked, senator,” the irritated host responded.

Watch the exchange below.

Chris Sosa is an associate editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Previously, he was a campaign specialist and media spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.

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