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Salon reporter fact-checks Fox News’ Hannity on whether Obamacare is ‘destroying America’

October 18, 2013 2:52 pm by | 2 Comments

hannityEric Stern, Salon contributor and former senior counselor to Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, fact-checked what he thought to be a suspect segment of Fox News. In it, Sean Hannity interviewed three married couples who shared their “Obamacare horror stories.”

Afterward, Stern approached each of the couples to delve deeper into what he thought were misunderstandings (at best). In one case, in which interviewee and small business owner Paul Cox had cut employee hours, Stern pointed out the Affordable Care Act didn’t require him to make changes to health insurance coverage. In two others, he showed if the couples had visited the exchanges, it was likely they could find much cheaper comparable health insurance.

The takeaway:

It’s true that we don’t know for sure whether certain ills conservatives have warned about will occur once Obamacare is fully enacted. For example, will we truly have the same freedom to choose a physician that we have now? Will a surplus of insured patients require a scaling back (or ‘rationing,’ as some call it) of provided healthcare services?  Will doctors be able to spend as much time with patients? These are all valid, unanswered questions. The problem is that people like Sean Hannity have decided to answer them now, without evidence. Or worse, with fake evidence.

I don’t doubt that these six individuals  believe  that Obamacare is a disaster; but none of them had even visited the insurance exchange. And some of them appear to have taken actions (Paul Cox, for example) based on a general pessimistic belief about Obamacare. He’s certainly entitled to do so, but Hannity is not entitled to point to Paul’s behavior as an ‘Obamacare train wreck story’ and maintain any credibility that he might have as a journalist.

 

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Lindsey Alexander

By Lindsey Alexander

Lindsey Alexander is an Indiana-based freelance writer and editor covering the medical device industry. She earned a degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master's from Purdue.
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2 comments
JimDoyle1
JimDoyle1

Hannity is completely right about obamacare.Socalized medicine is the keystone of every major tyranny of the past 100 years.I have had health coverage all my life,i've never had trouble with it.If people want health insurance they will get it as I did.If they don't they won't.Get government away from health insurance.

sharpestick1
sharpestick1

Certainly Sean Hannity has a bombastic style often displayed by talk show hosts on both the left and right.  His opinionated style is favored by those who believe they are being lied to by the current progressive administration.  Sean's opinion is that Obamacare will destroy American.  Your article is intentionally misleading, and the veiled insult that Hannity has no credibility as a journalist is pretty funny, seeing as he has never claimed to be one.  Why not tell us what your experiences are with the 'trainwreck' of Obamacare?  How has it affected you?  ps.  Quoting Salon doesn't impress a lot of us, either.

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