The conservative information bubble is pretty thick with tabloid “journalist” institutions like FOX “News” and the Washington Examiner. But thick as it is — even leather-bound in Kenyan Obsession syndrome — it still isn’t quite bulletproof enough to withstand the hot lead of reality.
In a recent article, we debunked a meme on “Obamacare vs. Walmart Insurance” that began as an article from the Washington Examiner. Obviously, it was full of misinformation, half-truths and outright lies — which is pretty impressive variety for 600 words. But this article from the Examiner is, shockingly, true. Shockingly…accidentally.
In Richard Pollock’s article, titled “EXography: States say most uninsured still won’t be covered in 2014,” he spend some significant time denouncing Obamacare as an utter failure because of the number of people who remain uncovered after the law’s passage. The thrust of the article is a list of states where the most people will remain uncovered by any kind of insurance, be it private, employer, or government. The article concludes, ominously, with a quote from the conservative propaganda mill, and Koch-linked rumor tank, the Galen Institute. President Grace Marie-Turner intones:
“Even if everything goes right, they saw 30 million people still being uninsured. Which misses by a long shot the promise of universal coverage…we very likely could end up with more people uninsured than we had before.”
the article itself is very convincing, if you don’t think about it too much. At least, it would be if not for this unfortunate interactive graphic, which proudly crowns it like a halo of angelic irony:
This map, ostensibly, confirms Pollock’s most menacing suspicions — vast swaths of the nation are going uninsured under that Marxist’s CommieCare plan! But those of us who have seen reality before might notice that this map bears a striking resemblance to another one we’ve seen recently. Oh, yes…it’s this one, from six months ago:
Twins separated at birth, if ever there were. Yes, Pollock’s “proof” of Obamacare’s failure doesn’t so much reflect Obama’s failure as it does the failure of these red states’ unwillingness to accept that Commie Medicaid expansion. But certainly, there are discrepancies here…several non-Medicaid red states are doing OK, perhaps most noticeably Maine and Louisiana. And a few participating states, like Massachusetts, have seen no reduction whatsoever. That PROVES Benghazi!!!
Uhhh…nope. Turns out that the reason numbers in some states didn’t drop much because they didn’t have many uninsured people in the first place. That’s the same reason some of the red states are all right — because they didn’t have many uninsured people beforehand, or they instituted an alternative state program like Louisiana, Iowa and Illinois.
So, what did Conservorama REALLY prove? That only the states run by Republicans, who turned down federal medicaid and didn’t bother to institute a plan of their own, are suffering.
Obama’s death panels? No…let’s ask the South about its own.