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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  • Mike Williams

    You give too much credit. The interview was canceled because it have actually would have bolstered Obamercare.

    • regressive whitetrash liar

      luv that!

  • rockit robb

    Fox News is on in the break room at work all day every day, I can tell you exactly how their broadcast would go…”and now in other Obama bashing news we turn to our political analyst (Carl Rove. Dick Chaney. Sarah Palin.) With their expert opinion! That is why I never watch Fox News at home.

    • Karen Hayes

      Companies can be contacted to stop showing Fox news. My doctor in Arizona insisted on showing it continuously in his waiting room…. to the detriment of heart patients who actually got into heated arguments. I contacted Banner Health (of which the surgery was a part) to complain and they had to stop and show wildlife and neutral videos i stead.

      • Ellen P Collingsworth

        You probably saved lives.

      • greg

        At the very least, she saved people’s brains…

      • Bill

        If I was that doctor I would have simply brought the TV home instead of playing wildlife and neutral videos.

        It should be the right of the owner of the business to what shows he wanted to play.

        I will never understand why liberals always think they have the right to tell another what to do.

      • nancym

        Um, you seem to be missing the part about how what is shown in a waiting room is not what the doctor chooses to view, but rather what he or she chooses to inflict on captive audiences who have no choice (other than request a change in channel or to turn it off). So it is the doctor, not the patients, who is telling them what they have to listen to!

      • Bill

        I am not missing the part, in fact it is like you didn’t even bother to read what I wrote.

        I said if I was the doctor I simply would have brought the TV home instead of playing anything in the waiting room. As it is my TV.

        The doctor has every right to tell them what to watch on his TV. Because it is his TV. Now patients should be able to choose another doctor if it offends them. For all I know the doctor’s cousin is Romney and he wanted to help his cousin win. So playing FOX was good advertisement for his family.

      • lestye

        LOL …as though FauxNews is good advertisement for anything. Thanks for the laugh, Bill.

      • guest

        Your comment about “liberals always think they have the right to tell another what to do” is pretty funny considering how the conservatives have been trying to tell everyone what to do for a long time – including what their doctors can do and not do, what they can do within their own personal lifes and decisions, and what women can do with their bodies. So, I do find it very funny that you, of all groups, would write something totally hypocritical as THAT! It should be the business owner’s right to do as he pleases within his business, but, it was a majority of conservatives who started most state’s “non-smoking bans” – so why aren’t you standing up for the business owners who happen to own bars (just for instance) who want to allow smoking in them to sell more alcohol??? And don’t start on second hand smoke – because “second hand alcohol” kills many more people than second hand smoke has ever done. I wouldn’t stay out of any argument about what a business owner has the right to do and that people shouldn’t dictate what others can and cannot do, if I were you.

      • VIsidore

        Well stated. ^5!

    • VIsidore

      Don’t forget Susanne Summers.

  • Why5ks

    The more people talk to this woman the more they find out she is the one creating the lies and looking for publicity. She doesn’t even understand what her policy is or what it covers. She told one reporter she only had a $50.00 deductible.

    • Roy Kiger

      Good or bad–She got her 15 minutes of fame! The media needs to get their head out of where the sun doesn’t shine and stop this kind of BS by doing a little fact-checking.

      • Why5ks

        I agree totally

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  • 1fullsailkid .

    Nov 1st….do you know what that means? It means Faux will be starting their “The Liberals War” on Christmas campaign.

    • Robert Cook

      I was curious how correct this statement could be – so I went to their site, and sure enough it was on there “NJ School bans Christmas Carols”

    • Matthew Reece

      Which is hilarious because Christmas is a pagan holiday that Jesus himself taught against in a roundabout way.

  • Pipercat

    Actually, this was a falsehood, not a fallacy. Feel cheated, well tune in at 5PM weekdays for The Five! Fallacy, Falsehood, Fear, Fall guy and Floozie!

  • Jacob Benjamin Taylor

    Welcome to Florida.

  • Judy D

    One correction — the Republican party is a mouthpiece for Fox News, not the other way around.

  • RN

    Why are we constantly labeling each other as the evil party? Can’t we realize that not every single person is 100% Liberal or Conservative? Many people are a mix of both values. I’m sick of everyone hating on the other group for what their congressmen, news channels, and figureheads are saying.

    • Matthew Reece

      When Democrats and Republicans label each other as evil, all of them are correct.

  • StPete

    So… that means you can get Fox News to tell the truth about something if CBS news lies about it?

  • Lawrencect

    Fox news is more honest than your article, though that is not saying anything. Like comparing Bush and Obama – there is no difference – believe what you want – results are the same

  • Ellen Backke

    There should be no surprise that corporate media (CBS) promoted the regressive message opposing the ACA.

  • Joe Shelby

    There is an issue – the insurance companies, particularly BC/BS, ARE sending “your policy price will go up” letters, millions of them, and the issue is that the policies they are offering, while ACA compliant, are NOT the same policies they will or do eventually offer on the exchanges. They are still, it seems, using the law to either scare the customers, or bilk them out of hundreds they don’t need to spend, or possibly both.

    Which strikes me as odd: the insurance companies generally wanted this bill, since the alternate (single payer) would have invited competition instead of giving them guaranteed customers.

    So yeah, while Fox/GOP are over-doing it, there is still something to be said for why the insurance companies are sending these letters and forcing their customers onto the exchange where they may be getting a better offer from someone else – wouldn’t it be better to instead send them a letter offering an exchange-compliant policy along with an estimate of their subsidy in order to keep the customer?

    • guest

      My BS/BC did not go up and I didn’t get a letter – as a matter of fact, they sent me a letter explaining that the extra cost for maternity is going away because it has to be included in the policy now as a standard coverage – AND – a reminder that due to ACA, the maximum out of pocket cost will be reduced using the co-pays as well as actual payments for services. Neither are objectionable to me in any way. Also, we don’t use maternity anymore, we were not paying for it, we also are not going to be paying for it in the future either.

      • Joe Shelby

        What state were you in? Were you in a state that had its own exchanges or one where the state governments decided that fighting the law was better than implementing something better?

        I’m wondering if the states that encouraged the new system set different expectations on the insurance companies that operate within them…