Joe Kennedy on fighting for the ACA - even if it takes all night. The Massachusetts congressman was arguably Democrats' breakout star of last week's 27-hour House Energy & Commerce Committee markup, with his late-night attacks on Republicans' health bill going viral and being watched by tens of millions of people.
"If someone had told me that what was going to go viral was the details of Medicaid policy, or essential health benefits, at 2 in the morning or 4 in the morning, I would've laughed and said you're out of your mind," Kennedy told POLITICO's "Pulse Check" podcast. But "if I'd known that some of those moments would've gotten the viewership ... I would've done it a long time ago."
Kennedy also defended Democrats' resistance in committees as more than a stunt.
"We can't stop this bill," he allowed. "Democrats alone don't have the votes for it. [But] we can help stop this bill by ensuring that, to the best extent we can, the American public understands the consequences of what this bill will mean for them and their families." Listen to the podcast.