What made NBC's Superstore think that their viewers would want to watch an entire episode about health care policy? We really don't, however, in their November 2 episode, "Health Fund," that's exactly what they gave us.
There's a lot of competition for this dubious distinction, but the media's treatment of President Donald Trump's decision to end certain Obamacare subsidy payments to insurance companies is perhaps the most blatant example of comprehensive bias on a single topic seen during the past week. Apparently, the press realizes that acknowledging how Trump's justification for ending the subsidies is airtight on a legal and constitutional basis would force them to admit that the Obama administration's payment of those subsidies for several years was illegal — and we can't have that. The worst offender in this regard was the Associated Press.
In its October 10 episode, "Jeremy & Anna's Meryl Streep Costume Party," The Mindy Project on Hulu saw one of the doctors of Shulman and Associates, Jody Kimball-Kinney (Garret Dillahunt), tapping into his altruistic side. After being shamed by a woman who runs a free clinic, he finds the practice's old bus and starts offering certain types of healthcare free-of-charge to women who otherwise could not afford it. When he realizes how many women don't have insurance, the Republican character misses the point entirely. The writers did, too.
As The Mindy Project moves into its final season on Hulu, it's still delivering the irreverent humor that has made it last six seasons. Since the beginning, that has included jabs at both sides of the political aisle and Tuesday's episode "A Romantic Decouplement" was no different. The only problem is that, while the show was right on ObamaCare, it was wrong on First Lady Melania Trump.
With all the debate taking place regarding the promises made by Republicans in Congress and the White House to “repeal and replace” the Obamacare system, most of the people in the “mainstream media” have tilted their coverage to support liberals who want to keep in place what is also called the Affordable Care Act.
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.