Accuracy in Media

NBC News ran a piece entitled, “Bill Clinton Attempts to Clarify Scathing ObamaCare Comments,” which is an adequate headline. However, NBC News didn’t detail where that specific quote came from in their article:

“The current system works fine if you’re eligible for Medicaid, if you’re a lower income working person. If you’re already on Medicare or if you get enough subsidies on a modest income that you can afford your healthcare,” he said in Flint, Michigan, while speaking at a campaign rally on behalf of his wife.

Clinton continued: “But the people that are getting killed in this deal is small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies … So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have healthcare and then the people are out there busting it sometimes 60 hours a week wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half.”

CNN International, on the other hand, included the quote in context and in full:

Speaking at a Democratic rally in Flint, Michigan, the former president ripped into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for flooding the health care insurance market and causing premiums to rise for middle-class Americans who do not qualify for subsidies.
“So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world,” Clinton said.




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