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Blame the Insurance Companies


This is one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen in political journalism. Juan Williams, one of America’s least interesting political writers when he was at NPR, went to Fox News after he was let go. Anyone could see what was coming — churn out a couple “the party left me” pieces as lazy as your previous work, and happily cash your fatter paychecks.

What seems to have happened — and I can’t explain it, but would be very unfair of me not to acknowledge it — is that Williams has been jostled into writing stuff that’s actually liberal and smart, while challenging the premises of his bosses:

But some people losing their current policies [and being offered better coverage] are going to have to pay a higher price. Taking crocodile tears to a new level, ObamaCare opponents are now rushing to their defense and calling the president a liar.

These critics include Republican politicians who did not vote for ObamaCare; these are Republican governors who refuse to set up exchanges to reach their own citizens; these are people oppose expanding Medicaid to help poor people getting better health care; these are people who have never put any proposal on the table as an alternative fix for the nation’s costly health care system that leaves tens of millions with inadequate medical coverage and tens of millions more totally uninsured.

The fact is if you are one of the estimated 2 million Americans whose health insurance plans may have been cancelled this month, you should not be blaming President Obama or the Affordable Care Act.

You should be blaming your insurance company because they have not been providing you with coverage that meets the minimum basic standards for health care.

Let me put it more bluntly: your insurance companies have been taking advantage of you and the Affordable Care Act puts in place consumer protection and tells them to stop abusing people.

Well, damned if that isn’t both right on the money and a perspective you’re unlikely to see very often in the mainstream media. Fox News actually adding value — who would have predicted that would ever happen?

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