Carville: Obama Could Have Made 'A More Nuanced, Accurate Statement'

By Susan Jones | October 30, 2013 | 6:38 AM EDT

Democratic strategist and Obamacare defender James Carville. (AP File Photo)

( - Did President Obama lie in the run-up to Obamacare when he promised Americans they could keep their health insurance and doctors?

"I think what he could have made is a more nuanced, accurate statement," Democratic strategist James Carville told Fox News's Bill O'Reilly Tuesday night.

Each time O'Reilly asked if Obama had misled the nation -- and if Obama had done it intentionally -- Carville was left spinning in O'Reilly's "no-spin zone."

"Well, I think he could have said -- I think the more accurate statement would have been that you will keep your coverage unless you are an individual market and have a -- have so-called insurance policy that doesn't meet the basic requirements," Carville said at first.

O'Reilly told Carville, "The President of the United States on five occasions looked into the camera and said you know what? You like your policy you can keep it; if you like your doctor you can keep it. That's what matters."

Carville responded, "Again, the more accurate thing would have been to say, as long as your policy meets the basic standards of Affordable Care Act."

"He misled the nation. Did he do it on purpose or not?" O'Reilly asked.

"I think -- I don't think --"

"Did he do it on purpose or not?" O'Reilly tried again.

"I have no idea," Carville said. "I don't think -- I don't think he actually misled the nation. I think he could have given a more accurate statement."

Carville changed the subject to Obamacare itself. Calling something health insurance doesn't make it health insurance, he said. "You always knew that under the Affordable Healthcare Act you had to have certain minimum requirements. Some of these policies may not even cover hospitalizations."

Carville also said he thinks Obamacare is "going to save the country an enormous amount of money. But we'll see. A year from now we may have done it --"

O'Reilly interrupted: "I'm going to try one more time, James...Did he doe it on purpose? Did he mislead on purpose?"

"First of all, I don't know -- I wouldn't accept the fact it couldn't have been more accurate, I have no idea...I don't know and I don't think -- I think he could have been more accurate is what I would say."

Carville said he believes the law will work in the end.