Meet the Press   |  November 03, 2013

Roundtable reviews Romney's remarks

A Meet the Press panel reflects on Mitt Romney's comments about fixing the health care system.

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>>> to talking about mitt romney and obama care. he had very tough criticism for president obama just a few moments ago. listen.

>> and whether you like the model of obama care or not, the fact that the president sold it on a basis that was not true has undermined the foundation of his second term. i think it's rotting it away. and i think the only way he can rebuild credibility is to work with republicans and democrats and try to rebuild a foundation.

>> rebuild a foundation is what he says is the job now for president obama . here is his approval rating . our poll last week with the wall street journal has the president's approval rating at 42%, disapproval at 51%. it's a big deal . all-time low for him. the roundtable is here to discuss. david axelrod , would you like to respond?

>> i'm having flashbacks when i hear that number, david, because i remember when i was in the white house in the spring of 2010 and we had the oil leak in the gulf and washington was in a twitter about that. and our numbers were damaged by that, and it was why can't they get it done? why didn't he know what was going on in the minerals and mine service? this is obama 's katrina. then we plugged the leak, got republ repairs for people in the gulf, and it wasn't mentioned in the 2012 campaign. so i think it's hard to make a judgment.

>> obama care is not the oil.

>> no, it's not, but if i were concerned about these numbers as well as the number of people that can get on this website and get obama care. i think when they fix that, this problem will take care of itself.

>> is this a grand problem of the inability to solve problems?

>> that's a good question. obviously, we don't know, and you're right, health care is not the bp oil spill . it's something that's going to go on for years and decades. you talk to people about it and say, we're really not in the first inning of the nine-inning game. so it's going to take a while to sort this out. i go back to the old notion of follow the money. where is the money going in health care ? and individuals are going to pay, employers are going to pay, the government is paying subsidies, but the real interesting x factor are the insurance companies , and we've got to look at what the insurance companies are doing because they're going to have to pay these claims. are they really going to cover people? are they going to shy away from it? and the real answer is we don't even come close to knowing answers.