MSNBC's Contessa Brewer hosted Galen Institute president Grace-Marie Turner to discuss a tax proposal to finance health care reform. But MSNBC did not note that Turner's group is reportedly funded in part by the pharmaceutical and medical industries, or that the group explicitly advocates free-market principles for the health care sector.
Wall Street Journal editorial board member Kimberley Strassel trotted out the oft-repeated falsehood that President Obama is on a "drive to socialize health care," a charge that echoes the baseless attacks conservatives have made against other progressives' health care reform proposals since the 1930s.
Carl Cameron reported Republicans' criticism of the public plan option discussed as a part of health care reform, but not arguments in favor of the proposal -- including those made by Kathleen Sebelius during the House committee hearing that Cameron was reporting on.
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Discussing the debate over health care reform, the Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown uncritically highlighted a misleading ad by Conservatives for Patients' Rights, providing conservatives with yet another platform to attack progressive health care reform.
In recent days, numerous media figures have falsely characterized President Obama's health care proposal as "socialized medicine," a "single-payer" health care system, a "single-payer government-run system," or "nationalized health care" like the British or Canadian models.
A Washington Times editorial misleadingly cropped Lawrence Summers' comments on funding universal health care to falsely suggest that Summers is advocating for cutting health care expenditures "by almost 30 percent" using "cost-effectiveness" regulations.
Politico uncritically quoted Richard Scott's falsehoods about President Obama's health care plan, including his comparison between the public health insurance option supported by Obama and the health care systems in Canada and Great Britain.
If you watch the Sunday shows, the Obama people are no longer arguing the GOP has "no ideas." Now it's they have "no ideas" or "the same old tired ideas." I don't know what's more tired, Republicans calling for tax cuts or Democras for expensive health health care programs, and I suspect voters just want something to help them get through this recession, whether the idea is tired or not.
Well, let's see ... we've implemented the GOP's tax cut proposals - many, many times - with somewhat limited success. We haven't tried universal health care. So it should be pretty obvious which is the "more tired" idea, shouldn't it?
Politico quoted Newt Gingrich's criticisms of including a public health insurance plan option in a health care reform proposal without noting his financial ties to several major health insurance companies.
An Examiner.com article falsely characterized President Obama's health-care reform proposal as a "nationalized health care plan." Obama has not proposed a "nationalized health care plan" either as a candidate or as president.
Numerous media outlets and personalities have claimed or suggested that given the size of the current and projected U.S. federal debt, the Obama administration's health-care reform proposal is untenable, but did not address the administration's argument that health-care reform is essential to the long-term economic health of the country.
In talking about Natasha Richardson's death, Betsy McCaughey and Martha MacCallum misrepresented a health-care provision in the recovery act and baselessly suggested the United States might be headed "down the same path" as Canada with regard to health care.
A Hill article asserted that "[s]mall businesses are also worried about an Obama healthcare proposal that could require small firms to provide health insurance to their workers." However, during the presidential campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama proposed requiring large businesses that do not provide employer-sponsored health coverage to pay a percentage of their payroll into a National Health Insurance Exchange but stated that small businesses would be exempt.