Scott Prouty, the 38-year-old bartender behind the infamous 47% video dropped by NOW with Alex Wagner on Friday, saying it would be “the last television interview that I do.”
After watching a clip of Mitt Romney on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from March 2012, in which the former Massachusetts governor casually dismissed the concerns of citizens with pre-existing conditions, saying ‘Hey guys, we can’t play the game like that,’ Prouty revealed that he himself was one of those people.
“I have a pre-existing condition, I was diagnosed with a genetic blood disease when I was about 30-years-old and they denied me for health care coverage,” he told the panel. “And so I mean, I have an idea of what it takes and what people go through when that happens to you and you’re out of luck. I don’t think he gets that. ‘Hey it’s not a game’ for these people with a heart condition when they’re 45.”
The panel also discussed income inequality in America, noting a study that shows 93% of the income gains in 2010 went to the top 1%.
“I don’t think it’s good for America to be dividing by classes,” Prouty–who remains a political independent–said. “I think it’s the one percent versus everybody else. And I think it’s those people who have control at the top.”