The left’s sick lies about health reform
Television stations are running a gut-wrenching ad showing a newborn clinging to life with an oxygen mask. Don’t fall for it: The Save My Care ad is loaded with lies, claiming the ObamaCare repeal bill passed in the House will deprive cancer patients and pregnant women of affordable coverage.
Never mind facts. Democrats and media allies are resorting to shock value to defeat repeal — staging funerals with caskets and predicting massive deaths if the bill becomes law.
Boston Globe columnist Michael Jeffries says the bill takes “health services away from disabled children, women who give birth and survivors of rape and sexual assault.” All untrue.
Senior Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald tweets that he hopes “every GOPr who voted 4 TrumpCare sees a family member get long term condition, lose insurance die.” Don’t rely on him for a straight story.
Late night host Jimmy Kimmel tearfully warns that newborns with heart defects won’t survive if their parents are poor. Not even close. Here are the facts:
Does the GOP bill abandon people with pre-existing conditions? No.
Save My Care’s ad falsely claims the House bill “makes coverage completely unaffordable for people with pre-existing conditions.” In fact, it protects people with pre-existing conditions with a $138 billion 10-year federal fund that will pay the lion’s share of their medical costs.
Indeed, the House bill is fairer than ObamaCare, which foisted the entire cost of their care on people stuck in the individual market, forcing healthy buyers to pay the same premiums as sick folks who use ten times more care.
Does the GOP House bill pass the “Kimmel test”? Yes.
Kimmel’s wrenching monologue about his newborn son Billy’s heart defect has been viewed 31 million times, making a bigger impact than any politician could.is sending it out with a message that if little Billy’s parents were poor, the GOP would let him die.
The public is being misled.
Newborns with heart defects or other conditions are given all possible care, insured or not. Newborns with low-income parents are covered by Medicaid, with no limit on pre-existing conditions. That’s true even for babies born to women in the country illegally. These guarantees existed before ObamaCare, and nothing in the GOP bill changes them.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) went on Kimmel’s show this week, vowing not to support repeal until it meets the “Kimmel test.” Sorry, Senator. It already does.
Will 24 million people lose coverage? No. In truth, no one will have their coverage ripped away.
That myth of 24 million losing coverage arose in March, when the Congressional Budget Office evaluated an earlier draft of the repeal bill. The CBO predicted 14 million more people would be uninsured by 2018, and then an additional 10 million by 2026. Let’s unpack that.
“Most of that increase” in the uninsured, said the CBO, would occur when the ObamaCare penalty is repealed and people “choose” not to buy insurance. “Choose” is not “lose.” The CBO expected millions to escape ObamaCare’s sky-high premiums and deductibles once the boot is off their neck. (Look for that 14 million number to shrink, because the bill actually passed by the House is expected to lower premiums by double digits.)
The CBO said another 10 million would be uninsured by 2026 because repeal will slow new enrollment in Medicaid. But no one currently on Medicaid will “lose” coverage. The repeal bill grandfathers them in.
Is repealing ObamaCare “a death sentence for thousands” as Bernie Sanders says? No way.
Life expectancy has actually declined slightly since ObamaCare went into effect. Medicaid health records show no improvement in Americans’ health for all the money spent.
Save the funeral theatrics for ObamaCare. It’s in a death spiral. This week, insurers in Connecticut requested premium hikes as high as 52 percent, in Maryland 151 percent and in Virginia, up to 179 percent. Those rates are the real killers.
Time to put this health plan out of its misery, and give the public something better.
Betsy McCaughey is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and author of “Beating Obamacare.”