Republicans would not cease mendacity in regards to the Home invoice that was up for a Senate vote in 2017. No, it didn’t defend individuals with preexisting situations. It didn’t defend older Individuals from elevated insurance coverage prices. It didn’t imply everybody could be charged the identical for insurance coverage. The invoice wasn’t ”bipartisan.” And it most definitely didn’t permit “for each single particular person to get the entry to the sort of protection that they need,” as then-Secretary of Well being and Human Companies Tom Worth claimed.
There is a distinction between often shading the reality with a view to attempt to win a political argument over well being care, and simply speeding over into the area chronically mendacity. And that is the place the Trump administration has been since early 2017—continual, unapologetic mendacity.
Today, Trump’s declare that Republicans will quickly unveil a “spectacular” healthcare design to rival Obamacare runs so utterly counter to every thing that Beltway reporters perceive and know to be factual that there is actually no cause for any of them take the declare significantly. Certainly, looking for the Republican healthcare different to Obamacare at this time is like in search of a legendary beast; it is the Loch Ness Monster of public coverage.
And but the press nonetheless stumbles on this situation. Over the weekend, Jonathan Karl, whereas internet hosting ABC Information’ This Week, requested performing Chief of Employees Mick Mulvaney in regards to the Republican plan to cope with well being care if Obamacare have been struck down by the courts. Particularly, Karl wished to know if any Republican plan would cowl individuals with pre-existing situations. Mulvaney responded by insisting that the (nonexistent) Republican plan would mainly cowl every thing Obamacare does, which is senseless since Republicans have been attempting to dismantle Obamacare for a decade. Karl although, did not press Mulvaney on any a part of his fantastical, disingenuous reply.
“Actually, no different phrases than ‘pathetic,’” lamented Soledad O’Brien on Twitter, after seeing a clip of the This Week alternate. However it wasn’t simply ABC Information that took the bait. “White Home Chief of Employees Mick Mulvaney ensures nobody will lose protection if Obamacare struck down,” learn the USA At this time headline on Sunday, which possible made White Home staffers smile. And from CNN: “Mulvaney hits Dems on well being care however GOP plan unclear.” Unclear? I imagine “nonexistent” is the time period that CNN was in search of.
In the meantime, Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, not too long ago tapped by Trump to assist formulate this fabled Republican healthcare plan, appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation, the place he gave a masterclass in gibberish and evasiveness. “I sit up for, you already know, to seeing what the president’s going to place out,” Scott stated unconvincingly when requested the place the GOP healthcare plan was. But within the CBS write-up of his look, Scott’s shallow dodging in regards to the fictional GOP blueprint was politely glossed over: “Requested if he’ll be sure that any Republican well being care plan to interchange the ACA is not going to immediate individuals to lose their protection, Scott demurred and stated he is centered on driving down the price of well being care.”
Notice that over on CNN, Jake Tapper not too long ago hosted Mulvaney, the place Trump’s level man insisted Republicans are dedicated to defending individuals who have preexisting situations. Not like Karl on ABC although, Tapper then detailed how GOP coverage does not defend individuals with preexisting situations from being charged extra from insurance coverage firms, whereas Obamacare does. And the Washington Publish not too long ago reported that, regardless of Trump’s hole boasts about producing a brand new healthcare blueprint, Republicans in Congress have zero intentions on creating one—it is not taking place.
That is the sort of clear reporting this situation calls for. Journalists should not waste their time chasing an imaginary Republican healthcare plan.
Eric Boehlert is a veteran progressive author and media analyst, previously with Media Issues and Salon. He’s the writer of Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush and Bloggers on the Bus. You possibly can observe him on Twitter @EricBoehlert.
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