On MSNBC's "Morning Meeting" Tuesday, host Dylan Ratigan called out health insurance lobbyist James Klein of the American Benefits Council for repeatedly refusing to answer a question about whether he was in favor of maintaining the current monopoly that health insurance companies enjoy.
"Are you in favor of perpetuating the monopoly for health insurance, the anti-trust exemption?" Ratigan asked Klein. Klein avoided answering, insisting it was a "charged question," which led Ratigan to challenge his evasions.
"It's an honest question. Don't dodge my question. With all due respect, answer my question, please," Ratigan said. He then went on to explain why the question is so important:
"It is beyond my comprehension why our politicians or any lobbyist, yourself included, would be in favor of perpetuating an antitrust exemption for health insurance in this country, which would deny all taxpayers the opportunity to make a choice and bring free, full competition in the true American spirit forward."
After a few more rounds of going in circles with his guest, Ratigan told Klein that "all you did was play cable dodgeball. " He also called Klein's responses "nonsense."
"I think you're working for an outdated system that's in desperate need of an updating though," Ratigan added. "I'm done with you."