Accuracy in Media

In its coverage of new Kentucky work requirements in order to obtain Medicaid, CNN offered no voices to counterbalance the assertion that Medicaid coverage enables people to work, and no data analysis from studies calling into question the effectiveness of government-run Medicaid health care, in its current form, to actually save lives.

CNN reported:

“‘Medicaid coverage enables people to work,’ said Anne Marie Regan, senior attorney at the Kentucky Equal Justice Center, since it’s harder to hold down a job when one is sick. ‘This [waiver] approval got it exactly backwards by conditioning health coverage on work.’”

The center is one of three groups that have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block the work requirement mandate from taking effect. The judge’s ruling is expected any day now.”

CNN failed to report data from scholars like Avik Roy, showing with his book “How Medicaid Fails the Poor,” that people on Medicaid have far worse health outcomes than those with private insurance, and no better outcomes than those with no insurance at all.”

CNN did not question the difference between government-run health care (e.g. patient outcomes) vs health insurance (e.g. government spending inputs) and did not report a landmark Oregon study “finding that Medicaid ‘generated no significant improvement in measured physical health outcomes.’ The result calls into question the $450 billion a year we spend on Medicaid, and the fact that Obamacare throws 11 million more Americans into this broken program.”

Instead, CNN reported:

“Community advocates say the new rules could leave tens of thousands of residents without access to much needed medical care. They argue that it will reverse many of the coverage and health care gains the state enjoyed after its then-Democratic Governor Steve Beshear expanded Medicaid in 2014 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Kentucky’s uninsured rate fell to 5.1% in 2016, down from 14.3% in 2013, according to the latest Census Bureau data.”

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