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How do ‘pundits’ know the impact of Senate health bill?


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jul. 12, 2017 - 6:12 AM

Once again I hunt and peck at my keyboard to illustrate biased news that has been included in The Newnan Times-Herald. There apparently is a real need to proofread what you are printing. Subject: unattributed article on Page 9 on Wednesday, July 5th: “Pediatricians worry about what Senate bill would do to Medicaid,” actually written by Andy Miller of Georgia Health News (formerly of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution). 

It is amazing that pundits around the nation actually know what the Senate “healthcare” bill will contain, let alone comment on its inadequacies. It is also somewhat disingenuous that these same experts do not identify the economic disaster affecting Medicaid that was imposed on the American public by the notorious Obamacare (ACA for short). 

Strangely, there have been few voices that predicted the obvious outcome of rampant, unsustainable Medicaid expansion under the ACA. To wit: “Medicaid surge triggers cost concerns for states,” by The Associated Press (yes, that AP), May 26, 2014, as carried by The Washington Times, explains how ACA increased the number of Medicaid recipients, even in states like Georgia that did not accept the federal bribe money scheme for expansion. 

For example, Nevada, which did accept the ACA bribe, increased its Medicaid rolls by 90 percent; Ohio by 24 percent. To wit: “Obamacare Takes Care From Disabled People To Subsidize Able-Bodied, Working-Age Men,” from The Federalist, November 18, 2016, explains how the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA severely restricts the availability of healthcare to those who most need it - the disabled. 

In this NTH article, two pediatricians are interviewed, who wish for no Medicaid cuts for Georgia. News flash: no Georgia Medicaid cuts are planned in the proposed Senate or House bills. To say that this article is dishonest in the lack of this single piece of real information is painfully obvious. 

James Stagg  
Newnan