Monday, May 15, 2017

The Media Finally Admit Obamacare Is Collapsing [but lie about the reasons why]

American Spectator ^ | 5/15/17 | David Catron 

William Tecumseh Sherman famously said, “If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.” Sherman’s boss, Ulysses S. Grant, was more diplomatic in his memoirs: “Correspondents of the press were… not always disposed to report correctly what did not confirm their preconceived notions.” Sherman’s hyperbole and Grant’s understatement remind us that journalistic malpractice is nothing new, while providing helpful insight for anyone struggling to reconcile years of “news” stories claiming that Obamacare was working with today’s portentous reports that it is collapsing.
There is, of course, no way to reconcile these two narratives without doing considerable violence to common sense. If Obamacare had actually been “working” for all those years, it would not have suddenly collapsed. In reality, the implosion of the “Affordable Care Act” began when it was originally implemented. Moreover, the partisan reporters and editors of the legacy media certainly knew it was a disaster by 2013, when more than five million Americans lost their insurance coverage and exploded on the launch pad. They could not, however, report the truth, because there was no plausible way to blame its failure on the Republicans.
Then Donald Trump surprised almost everyone by winning the 2016 presidential election.
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