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Fox Suggests That We Already Have National Health Care

Reported by Melanie - February 21, 2007 -

George Bush was on the stump in Tennessee today (February 21, 2007) touting his new "health care plan," and as a way to advertise that and mollify its viewers, Fox's "business news" program, Your World w/Neil Cavuto aired a segment today claiming that we already have national health care.

Who knew?!

Cavuto introduced his guests -- all of whom were employees of Forbe's magazine -- with:

Well, President Bush laying out his plan for affordable health care today but did you know that the government already foots the bill for 45% of all health care costs? As things stand now, that's expected to grow to 50% in the next decade. So, do we already have national health care?

Love that Cavuto mark at the end there.

Guests Mike Ozanian and Dennis Kneale, respectively, seemed to think that the national health care system we do have is inefficient or that we in fact don't have national health care, but Lea Goldman, who spoke first, relayed the message Fox wanted its audience to hear:

Well, I think that 45% number is even a low-ball estimate, if you factor in the subsidies for public employees; for the military. If you even look at, you know, the employee-sponsored health care benefits that are not part of taxable income, the government's tab is much greater than 45%. I think we're on our way and the American public doesn't even realize it.

Comment: So, if you're a Fox watcher you can add the notion that we already have national health care to your list of Fox fantasies, like the one about Iraq playing a role in 9/11, or the one about Saddam Hussein having WMD, that we found.