Ever on the lookout for victims of Obamacare – which Fox then trots out as “proof” that the entire Affordable Care Act is a failure, Fox is not too particular about the facts. Such as whether or not these people really are victims. We saw it with the Hannity show, with The Kelly File and now… Your World.
Media Matters has the scoop on this latest crop of disingenuousness:
The October 29 edition of Your World with Neil Cavuto featured two “victims” of the ACA who had previously appeared in a misleading NBC report on the sticker shock of the health care law. Host Neil Cavuto spoke first with Deborah Cavallaro, a Los Angeles resident highlighted repeatedly by NBC, who received a notice saying her current plan would be replaced by a plan with higher premiums.
Like NBC, Fox failed to mention that Cavallaro’s current plan “barely deserved to be called insurance at all.” Moreover, neither network compared Cavallaro’s current plan to those that she could get on the California exchange, where a Bronze Plan would cost less and likely offer more coverage than her current bare-bones plan.
… Cavuto also hosted Richard Helgren, a retiree from Lansing who, like Cavallaro, was featured in the NBC report. Helgren said that his “plan would no longer be available because of changes under the ACA,” and that his deductible would skyrocket under an alternative policy offered by his insurance company. Although Helgren did not shop through the exchanges, he ultimately used an insurance agent to find a good plan with a lower premium, a fact noted by the NBC report but neglected on Fox.
Watch the video below and note how Cavuto makes no indication Fox has fact checked a single claim from either guest. But he did chime in to add, “That’s a large chunk of Americans, …it’s about 18%” who buy their own insurance, as Cavallaro does, when she said people like her fared poorly under Obamacare. The obvious implication was that nearly that many Americans would be screwed.
You can read more about the details of these two "victims'" actual health care situation at Media Matters and the American Prospect.
This, ladies and gentlemen… Is what they call ‘Devolution.’ With no Benghazi, no ACA tyranny, and the GOP exposing themselves as the architects of everything they want us to believe Obama will do, Fox News is unraveling.
Just don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s over for them.