Today June 21, 2009
Meet The Press had Nina Easton the Washington Bureau Chief for Fortune magazine on as guest.They were discussing President Obama’s health care reform agenda when she said the following
MS. EASTON: …on every front with these big, broad, sweeping proposals, and it’s coming back to haunt them now. And I think the, the big speed bump this week, of course, was that CBO, Congressional Budget Office study that said that the costs of a public plan are going to be well beyond what they expected. later in the discussion
Later in the conversation she said ….
MS. EASTON: Which was this–healthcare reform depends on the president looking people in the eye and saying, “Your plan’s not going to change.” And again, going back to that CBO study, showed that 16 to 23 million people would lose their private or other type of health insurance if that public plan went through. So that’s something else in terms of details that’s going to be a problem on healthcare. But the deficit is the other–deficit and spending are two things that probably, you know, the concern over I think probably has some Republicans quietly smiling this week.
The CBO’s analysis of the HELP committee’s health care reform legislation did not include the public plan because it was not in the bill the senate submitted.Yet Ms. Easton falsely assigns two attributes of the CBO report to the public plan.She claims that the public plan resulted in the unexpected cost of the legislation and the projected shift from employer based coverage to private insurance purchased in the proposed national health insurance exchange. Ms. Easton missed or ignored these facts to a disturbing degree.The shows host Mr.Gregory failed to correct Ms. Easton.This pattern of lies and distortions which unfairly malign the public option is becoming the modus operandi of the mainstream media’s health care reform coverage.