Fox News Host Exposes Fallacy in Claim by Florida Woman that Her Premiums Are Going Up 900%

van-susterenMost every liberal knows a simple fact about Fox News: it’s essentially the leading mouthpiece for the entire Republican party.  If the GOP wants a message or talking point to be regurgitated by the masses, they don’t need to look any further than Fox News to push that message.

So you just had to know that when a Florida woman claimed “Obamacare” caused her to lose her previous insurance plan and skyrocketed her rates by around 900%, Fox News was going to be all over it.

Well, as it just so happens, it was CBS that actually made the most headlines with this story.  The only problem is, the story was so full of holes that the fact CBS ran with it is an absolute embarrassment to the network.

But researching stories and finding out actual facts aren’t particularly important to Fox News, so it was a given they were going to use this woman as some kind of prop for their “anti-Obamacare” message.

Which might have been their plan — however, I’m thinking her appearance with Greta Van Susteren didn’t quite go how they had hoped.

See, during Van Susteren’s interview with the Florida woman, she repeatedly pointed out that the woman’s previous insurance plan covered, well, basically nothing.

“Your $54 a month policy is a pretty, you know, bare bones policy,” Van Susteren said. “Why do you want to keep that one, except for the price?  Maybe you can get something better with a subsidy?”

Which is one of the main points of “Obamacare.”  It isn’t just a health care law requiring people to purchase health insurance.  It’s a law that mandates insurance policies actually provide coverage—not just the illusion of coverage.

This woman’s “health care” policy was complete garbage.  Something Van Susteren blatantly pointed out when she said, “if you are walking across the street and someone runs a red light, you are in deep trouble under your existing policy.”

In other words, her policy doesn’t cover anything.  No hospitalization, no prescription drug coverage—nothing.  It basically paid a very minimal and set amount for very few actual health services, with the rest of the costs being covered by this woman.  For instance, her policy would pay $50 toward a doctor visit with the rest of the cost for that visit being paid by her.

Also, what many people failed to mention with this story is that this number of $591 the woman claims isn’t exactly accurate either.  Based on her income she would certainly receive subsidies to help her pay for coverage, resulting in a much lower premium than she claimed.

So how bad of a “story” was this woman’s situation?

Well, following her appearance with Van Susteren, Fox News cancelled her scheduled interview they had set up for their morning show.

Who would have thought?  Of all networks, Fox News was the one to squash one of the hottest examples conservatives had been using against “Obamacare.”  Chalk it up as a fluke and be prepared for many more “horror stories” to come.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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