ABC commentator Matthew Dowd is supposed to help the network have a sense of being non-partisan by being their token Republican guest. But during his appearance on Sunday’s This Week, he seemed to show off his true political bent as he pushed for socialized medicine. “We need to ask the question, should we go to a single-payer system? Because affordability hasn't been fixed by this or ACA. And accessibility hasn’t fundamentally been fixed,” he declared to the rest of the panel.
In the wake of House Republicans passing the American Health Care Act on Thursday, the liberal Big Three networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) came out strong against it. Come Sunday morning, ABC was still railing against it. This time they openly asserted that the Republicans didn’t care about the people in their districts. “Republican lawmakers are hearing loud and clear from constituents who don't like some of the provisions of that new GOP health care bill,” declared reporter David Wright on Good Morning America.
MSNBC’s Katy Tur has a long list of gaffes involving an apparent inability to recall recent political history, all while getting into arguments with Republican congressmen. The latest installment of this saga occurred when she was filling in for Chuck Todd has the moderator of MTP Daily Thursday evening. This time, she got into an argument with Republican Congressman Chris Collins over what was to blame for ObamaCare’s current death-spiral.
White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Friday fought back at attempts to spin the health care bill as one that abandons the poor in a heartless way. He also corrected CBS This Morning's Anthony Mason on the facts. The co-host parroted talking points about a poll: “Seventy three percent, nearly three quarters oppose cutting Medicare funding.”
With the GOP’s new health care bill limping into Thursday’s vote in the House especially after the brutal Congressional Budget Office report, the media are taking every chance to give it one more kick. But during Tuesday’s CNN Tonight, commentator David Gergen claimed that the CBO had put out an even more damaging report. “We’ve just learned in last 24 hours the Congressional Budget Office says that: if you let this bill -- Obamacare, just die, you will have more people with insurance than if you put repeal and replace into place,” he claimed. But the kicker is the CBO did not put out such a report.
Late Monday afternoon, the Congressional Budget Office released its report on the House Republican’s proposal to repeal and replace the crumbling ObamaCare law, and it wasn’t pretty. “It finds that under the replacement plan, there would be more 14 million more uninsured people next year than under ObamaCare, and 24 million more uninsured a decade from now,” announced ABC anchor David Muir during World News Tonight. But ABC and the rest of the Big Three networks omitted key details of the bill and it’s only fair to report them.
On Monday's CNN Newsroom With John Berman and Poppy Harlow, co-anchor John Berman questioned former Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf about the upcoming CBO figures of the Republican Party's replacement of ObamaCare. However, the CNN host failed to ask about the same office, under Elmendorf's watch, having inaccurately projected the financial impact of President Obama's health care law in 2009.
On CNN's New Day Monday, co-host Chris Cuomo remarked at the end of a segment about the Republican Party not saying whether or not Americans will lose coverage over their replacement proposal of ObamaCare, ahead of a Congressional Budget Office report expected later Monday regarding the cost to repeal of and the GOP's replacement to the existing health care law, expected to cost $600 billion to do the former through 2026. "Have you heard any Republicans say, 'Nobody will lose coverage under this plan, I promise?' If you haven't there's a reason when the CBO report comes out," he said.
During Sunday’s Meet the Press, NBC’s self-proclaimed “referee” of political “rules,” moderator Chuck Todd demonstrated just which team he favored in the contact sport of American politics. At the end of his program, Todd did some blocking and tackling for the Democrats as he mocked the GOP’s repeal and replace efforts for ObamaCare. His ranting showed just who he’s looking out for, and it’s not the American people.
In an interview during the 7 a.m. ET hour of CNN's New Day, co-host Alisyn Camerota asked Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkely if he will "write a thank-you letter Senator Tom Cotton for sounding like a Democra" in response to the Arkansas Republican senator tweeting early Tuesday morning warning House Republicans that if major changes aren't made to their proposed Obamacare replacement, it will not pass in the Senate.
On Tuesday, Congressional GOP leaders unveiled their new health care bill that’s supposed to repeal and replace ObamaCare, much to the chagrin of liberals and some conservatives. CBS came out strongly against the proposal and backed up Planned Parenthood in their stand against the bill. “Planned Parenthood is saying no deal to a proposal from President Trump,” announced anchor Scott Pelley during CBS Evening News, “He said that he would keep funding the nation's largest family planning provider if it stopped providing abortions.
During a rather rowdy edition of ABC’s This Week on Sunday, publisher of The Nation, Katrina vanden Heuvel, went off the rails several times with radical predictions and unhinged proclamations. At the end of a conversation about how President Donald Trump and the Republican Party can ease the public fear of repealing Obamacare vanden Heuvel declared, “The very communities which elected Trump in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, are ravaged by an opioid epidemic, they will be the first hit. Lives will be lost! Lives are in the balance!”