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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Dylan Ratigan Battles Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (VIDEO)

On MSNBC Friday, "Morning Meeting" host Dylan Ratigan got into a heated dispute with Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) over health care reform.

Ratigan pointed to the rise in insurance company stocks as a sign that the Senate health care bill's coverage mandate is good for the industry and not for struggling Americans.

The host asked Wasserman-Schultz repeatedly why those stocks would go up if the bill was really bad for the insurance industry. Whenever she tried to talk about the the benefits of the legislation, he cut her off.

"Dylan, I love you, but you're not letting me answer the question... there's not much point in having me on if you're not going to let me respond," the congresswoman finally said, after being interrupted several times. When Ratigan repeated the question, Wasserman-Schultz said, "I'm not a stock analyst."

"I am," Ratigan said. "Let me give you a brief education." He went on to answer his own question. "You can be your own guest," she joked. He shot back that she was just wasting his time with talking points. The interview ended with both parties talking at once.

Jason Linkins wrote about the White House assertion that a mandate will expand health coverage on Wednesday.

The White House is fully on board with selling this nonsense as some sort of impossible-to-pass-up opportunity for America. But for millions of Americans this "opportunity" will amount to nothing more than the opportunity to pay a significant fine for not signing up with a private insurance company.

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