As many have pointed out recently, Fox News is basically Donald Trump’s own version of state-run media. Aside from a handful of people on the network who’ve had the courage to speak out against the seemingly non-stop incompetence and lies flowing from Trump’s administration, the rest of the network serves as nothing but an echo chamber for his talking points and propaganda.
Though as awful as the network has been, both now and in the past, few segments have disgusted me as much as Friday’s episode of The Five when Greg Gutfeld and Kimberly Guilfoyle reached appalling new lows while trying to defend the GOP’s horrific health care bill.
After Juan Williams factually pointed out that the bill was going to drive up premiums, especially for the elderly, and drastically reduce funding for Medicaid, that’s when Gutfeld and Guilfoyle began mocking Williams’ pleas.
“We’re going to let them die, according to the liberals!” Gutfeld quipped.
Williams then responded, once again, by using facts to point out how this bill would lead to seniors being denied access to nursing homes.
“If you are putting a cap on Medicaid, and people are in nursing homes, that’s how the nursing home gets paid, you are pushing people out,” Williams pointed out.
“You forgot the children dying of cancer,” Guilfoyle mocked under her breath.
Yeah, Mr. Gutfeld and Ms. Guilfoyle can go straight to hell.
These two right-wing stooges, desperate to defend anything and everything Trump/Republican, might be trying to make a joke out of the left’s reaction to downplay how terrible the GOP’s plans are for health care — but that just proves what absolute lowlifes these people are.
As Williams pointed out, the drastic cuts to Medicaid will result in fewer seniors having access to nursing homes. Furthermore, the cuts to Medicaid will result in fewer children having access to health care. Which — yes — equates to children with cancer likely not having access to life-saving medical treatments. Plus there’s always the fact that Republicans want to make it easier for health insurance companies to deny people with pre-existing conditions coverage, which would impact millions of Americans — including children with cancer and older Americans.
As a whole, under the GOP’s proposed plans, around 23 million Americans (if not more) would lose coverage. And, yes, many of those would be older Americans, the elderly, and children with cancer.
None of the GOP’s proposed plans are going to, as Trump promised during his campaign, provide better, cheaper coverage for more Americans.
Every single version of what Republicans are trying to do would result in:
- Higher premiums for most Americans, especially those 50 and older.
- Around 23 million Americans not having health insurance.
- Huge cuts to Medicaid that would result in Americans losing or being denied coverage — including the elderly and children with cancer.
- Health insurance companies being able to provide plans that don’t cover essential benefits.
- Millions of people with pre-existing conditions being denied coverage.
So while Gutfeld and Guilfoyle sat there, pathetically belittling Williams’ pleas for empathy concerning the fact that the Republican plan for health care will literally kill people over the next few years, he was telling the truth — and they were laughing at him about it.
Fox News has never been afraid of showcasing how repulsive they can be, but this segment on Friday was, by far, one of the most disgusting moments I’ve witnessed on America’s most-watched conservative fan fiction network.
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