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Obamacare Lies and the Media

In the beginning there were “death panels“, followed by a long string of other “Pants on Fire” lies.

So it is no surprise at all that there are still new lies going around the media about Obamacare.

For example, the media is reporting that Obama lied (and knew he was lying) when he said that most people would be able to keep their old health insurance plans if they wanted to. People are upset that their health insurance company is canceling their old insurance plans, but that has been going on for years. Heck, my health insurance policy was canceled last year, and my company switched to a new plan, and now I just found out that the new one is being canceled this year. It has little to do with Obamacare, other than the fact that there are now standards for health insurance.

In fact, CBS News just did a story about a Florida woman who says that her insurance is being canceled, and that the new policy will cost ten times more. Except that CBS ran this story without doing any checking. If they had, they would have learned that her old policy — for which the woman was paying $54 a month — doesn’t really qualify as health insurance as we know it.

The only hospitalization costs it covers are for complications from pregnancy. Like, if she got hit by a car or got very sick, it wouldn’t cover anything. Nor does it cover most outpatient care. What does it cover? Almost nothing. In other words, it is more of a sham than a real insurance policy. And the policy that costs $591 — ten times as much as her current policy? Well, that’s just one of the (real) health plans offered to her, but there are many others, some costing as little $209 per month, while actually, you know, covering her health care costs.

But here’s the ironic part. The story about Obama lying about Obamacare was refuted by conservative website Newsbusters. And the CBS News story? Refuted by Greta Van Susteren on Fox News.

Will wonders never cease?



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    What she was saying if anyone had listened was that now she has to have health insurance which is ten times what she was paying for the sham.

    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 7:12 am | Permalink
  2. Michael wrote:

    I’ve often wondered why Greta went to Fox. Sure, I think she tends to put a conservative slant on things, but I can’t recall any completely egregious lies that she has told. When I see people like the Fox & Friends crew, I just get the impression that they know they are lying and they don’t care. For instance, remember Oxford-educated Gretchen Carlson pretending she had never heard the word “ignoramus” before? Greta just doesn’t seem to fit the mold.

    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 7:24 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    I guess that is their attempt to be “fair and balanced”. They have people who knowingly lie, and they have people who believe their lies? 🙁

    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 9:34 am | Permalink
  4. westomoon wrote:

    I’ve been thinking about insurance lately. It would be interesting to track the “bitter disappointments” by State, since some States regulate insurance far more than others.

    I remember about 15 years ago, WA State made some change in its requirements for health insurance sold in this State, and the insurance industry reacted with great drama — a bunch of companies didn’t like being required to pay claims and stopped doing business here.

    *grinning* Somehow, we managed to struggle on without them, and the ones that stayed made lots of money.

    Still, this seems to me to be yet another instance of the Far Wrong being outraged that Obama is not acting dictatorial enough to suit them. Should a President be able to force a private insurance company to freeze its product line forever?

    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 11:40 am | Permalink
  5. Iron Knee wrote:

    Westomoon, your last paragraph assumes that the “Far Wrong” (I love that) cares one bit what they use to attack Obama. Some people have noted that if Obama was pro-life, the Republicans would figure out some way to attack him for it if it would help them win elections.

    Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink
  6. Dee wrote:

    So, what will it take for liberals to come to their senses. Must you defend this administration at all costs? Quit drinking the cool-aid, people!

    Friday, November 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink
  7. Iron Knee wrote:

    Dee, you must not be paying attention. Nobody here “defends this administration at all costs”. If you had actually read this post, you would have noticed that I was thanking Fox News and Newsbusters.

    Stick around and join the conversation, if you aren’t too afraid. Oh, and learn how to spell Kool-Aid.

    Friday, November 1, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink
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