Wednesday, February 01, 2017 by Robert Jonathan
The Washington Post is publishing fake news again, as if the propaganda publication ever stopped.
You’ll recall that the Post had to essentially walk back a story about fake news websites, including Natural News, allegedly controlled by the Russian government because the credibility-challenged newspaper ironically relied on an unvetted fake news website for its information.
“The realization that this is how the Washington Post pursues ‘journalism’ is a disgrace to the entire profession of journalism and an admission that the Washington Post has abandoned any semblance of journalistic integrity,” Health Ranger Mike Adams wrote at the time. The Donald Trump-hating Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, also published a fake yarn about Russians hacking into the Vermont electrical grid.
There are other examples, with the latest being contained in an Op-Ed piece authored by two medical doctor Obamacare apologists claiming that a repeal of the grossly misnamed Affordable Care Act “could cause” almost 44,0000 deaths each year when an estimated 20 million people, assuming that number is accurate, theoretically lose coverage.
Repealing and replacing Obamacare was one of President Trump’s key campaign promises, and the effort is underway in Congress, although the law will be tricky to unravel. In the meantime, Trump issued an executive order on January 20 that directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services and heads of other federal agencies to minimize the regulation and/or regulatory burdens of Obamacare.
Obstructionist U.S.Senate Democrats are currently engaging in stalling tactics to delay a confirmation vote on HHS Secretary Tom Price, a physician and Georgia congressman, however.
“Moreover, even if a Republican replacement plan comes together, it’s likely to take a big backward step from the gains made by the ACA, covering fewer people with much skimpier plans,” the Post essay absurdly claims in its scare-tactics screed about individuals “losing” coverage.
The reality is quite different. Apart from the “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” broken promise, which even the leftist Politifact felt duty bound to describe as the lie of the year, the one-size-fits-all Obamacare program was supposed to result in a typical family saving about $2,500 a year in health insurance premiums. Instead, many consumers have been hit with much higher co-pays and deductibles, plus limited provider networks in addition to skyrocketing premiums.
With such high deductibles, many consumers who have obtained Obamacare coverage have insurance in name only. This runs contrary to what the good doctors insist in the Post, leaving consumers no better or likely worse than under some of former cafeteria-style or catastrophic plans which the former president administration denounced as junk plans when Obama and his minions were selling Obamacare to the American people, which passed on a straight party-line vote, with no Republicans voting yes.
Pre-Obamacare, dealing with your health insurer often was a hassle even on a good day. The Unaffordable Care Act enabled Big Government, Big Insurance, and Big Pharma to get together in a joint venture, however, and the ordinary consumer was predictably lost in the shuffle.
The end game for the left was and is a single-payer, socialized-medicine system along the lines of what is currently in effect in Canada and in Europe. Many of those government-run, taxpayer-funded programs are drowning in red ink, however, and forcing citizens into long waiting lists for care.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, even Bill Clinton, the former president and husband of Trump’s Democrat rival Hillary Clinton, described Obamacare as crazy and with an unworkable insurance model fraught with consumer sticker shock. “You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world,” Clinton said.