On August 26, the Associated Press did an amazing thing — it admitted that President Obama was in over his head on issues related to foreign policy. Now that the 2012 election is over and the Obamacare bureaucracy tsunami is about to come crashing down on the heads of Americans, AP has decided to come clean on Obamacare.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is the insurance industry’s most powerful pitchman these days as he drums up interest in the health insurance markets opening for business Tuesday. Whatever the merits of his product, there are reasons for the buyer to beware of his rhetoric. …
REP. KEVIN McCARTHY, R-Calif.: “When we started this health care debate, the president led with a very big promise to the American people: If you like the health care that you have, that you currently have, you can keep it.” — At a Sept. 20 House Republican rally after passage of the bill that would finance the government on condition the health care law is starved of money. …
THE FACTS: McCarthy is correct, Obama said exactly that. It was an empty promise, made repeatedly. Sebelius picks her words more carefully but still offers misleading assurances.
Nothing in the health care law guarantees that people can keep the health insurance they already have. Costs can rise, benefits can change and employers can drop coverage.
Read the entire piece, and then head on over to Hotair for their coverage. It’s … illuminating.
As I’ve said before, media bias takes many forms. It’s not just how the media covers a story, but if and when they cover a story that matters. Ignoring key “facts” until bad public policy has gone through the sausage-making process is just as noteworthy as slanted coverage portrayed as straight news.
With the emergence of new technology, the “old media” had to adapt, and so they came up with “Fact Checkers.” Well, who are the fact checkers and who checks them?
Answer: It’s the same incestuous group who now readily acknowledge that they’ve dumped a documentary on Hillary Clinton because her camp and powerful politicians on both sides of the fence didn’t want it to happen. Don’t you wish the rules that applied to Washington’s elite applied to you?
Long story short: Fact checkers are generally just new tools politicians use to cite on Sunday morning talk shows when it suits their needs, knowing that for the most part their friends will rarely take off the kid gloves or apply intellectual uppercuts to the chin. Admitting that President Obama’s signature piece of legislation was filled with empty promises right before the bomb drops does little to instill confidence in the free press.
And with that, I leave you with the lyrics of Axl Rose, the once-great front man of Guns N’ Roses, whose partying ways have him looking these days like a guy who probably should buy health insurance immediately if he doesn’t have it already.
‘Oh My God’:
“Oh, well its on with the show
Like the tide down on the ocean
The waves already set in motion
The only one in the game that’s lost is you.