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On Thursday, President Trump, with the aid of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, unveiled an executive order designed to bring new freedom to the health insurance market by allowing people to form associations in order to buy insurance across state lines. But the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) weren’t going to lie down and let people have affordable insurance. Instead, they would lie and mislead about what the order actually did and about how it would affect people’s insurance.
“President Trump beginning to dismantle his predecessor's signature achievement by unveiling plans today to allow small businesses and individuals to buy insurance that does not meet the minimum ObamaCare requirements,” whined Anchor Lester Holt during NBC Nightly News.
The united narrative that the networks were pushing was that the order specifically targeted and eliminated all of the mandatory benefits provided by ObamaCare. “What it does, it triggers a review of changes that would allow insurance companies to offer stripped-down insurance policies,” claimed ABC Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl. “Those would mean lower premiums for people that get those stripped-down plans, but health care experts warn that such plans could offer no coverage for basic services like maternity care, prescription drugs, and even ambulance services.”
And in addition to that assertion, CBS and NBC were claiming that it was supposed to harm the elderly. “But critics warn if young, healthy people abandon federal exchanges, the old and sick, who require better coverage, will pay much more,” CBS Anchor Anthony Mason warned. He and the other networks somehow knew all of that even though, according to him, “it will be months before we see details of the plan.”
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