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The Republican Health Care plan that went down in flames was portrayed in the media as causing millions of Americans to lose their health insurance. And the proposed cuts in Medicaid were said to take health care away from millions of poor Americans.
As for Medicaid, President Obama upped the program to pay for the medical expenses of not just the poor but also those 38% above the poverty line. That would continue under the Republican plan, but the federal government would re-imburse the states only half, rather than the whole amount, which was only going to be for a temporary period anyway. The states, which administer the program and pay a major share with the federal government, can determine eligibility as they please.
Ponnuru - Media - Misconceptions - Rhetoric - Republicans
Ponnuru blames not just the media for spreading the misconceptions and not fact-checking the rhetoric. What really gets him is that the Republicans did NOTHING to answer those charges, even though they could have very easily.
From Ramesh Ponnuru, Health Care Failure: Republicans & Media Share Blame | National Review:
Misconceptions - Debate - Legislation - Obamacare - Press
Misconceptions have dominated the debate over Republican legislation to reform Obamacare. The press has spread those misconceptions, and Republicans have done almost nothing to dispel them. That’s not the only reason Republicans have so far proven unsuccessful in enacting health-care legislation. It’s probably not even the most important one. But it is a big one, and Republicans still don’t seem to understand it.
The first misconception is about how many people would “lose” their health insurance under the Republican legislation. The House bill would supposedly “take away” insurance from 23 million people; the bill the Senate considered over the last few weeks would supposedly take it away from 22 million; and the “skinny bill” would take it away from 16 million in one year. No charge was made more frequently by...
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The beatings will continue until moral improves.