There was lots of national attention on Harvard Pilgrim’s announcement last week that it was dropping its Medicare Advantage plan. As noted by Maggie Mahar on the Century Foundation’s blog, the anti-Obama crowd leapt up to declare this as another sign of the evil of “Obamacare.” Here are some of the articles Mahar found:
- “Obamacare victims” (Boston Herald.com, Sept. 30, 2010)
- “No, You Can’t Keep Your Current Health Coverage” (The American Spectator, Sept. 30, 2010)
- “The Obamacare Nightmare Begins: 22,000 Seniors Lose Their Current Coverage,” (Las Vegas ReviewJounral.com, September 28, 2010)
- “22,000 lose their health insurance due to Obamacare,” (examiner .com, September 29, 2010)
- “The Heavy Hand of Kathleen Sebelius,” (Forbes, September 30)
And here’s her correct response: “the headlines were not just predictable–they were dead wrong.”
The manipulation of Harvard Pilgrim’s decision to score political points is consistent with the ignore-the-facts approach that is the regular practice of the right-wingo-sphere. What’s sad is that it gets picked up by the mainstream press.