Tuesday :: May 10, 2011

Why can't we have a better press corp? Medicare Scam Edition


by Mary

Jonathan Chait takes the Washington Post to task for their coverage of the Paul Ryan attempt to abolish Medicare all the while calling the plan a "fix" to Medicare. In an update, Chait notes that Glenn Kessler, the Post fact-checker agreed with the editors assessment that Kathleen Sebelius's testimony against the plan was not factual and designed to "scare" seniors.

But, check out what Kessler wrote when describing the plan:

With a stage II breast cancer case costing an estimated $111,000 over a year and a half and a stage III colorectal cancer case estimated to cost more than $250,000 over more than two years, shifting the bulk of the cost to seniors who are often on a fixed income could force them to make a tough choice between saving their life or their life savings.

And what exactly was he complaining about in Sebelius's testimony? That she would dare to say:

If you run out of the government voucher and then you run out of your own money, you’re left to scrape together charity care, go without care, die sooner.

Oh, so the choice is between your life savings or your life. How in the world could Kessler believe what he wrote and then complain when Sebilius says the same thing? What is he smoking?

(h/t to Brad DeLong)

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