Is “awful” too harsh an adjective for Vox.com, the faux-educational ‘splainer site run by alleged wunderkind and intellectual giant Ezra Klein? One Twitter user, after reading our last piece on health beat reporter Sarah Kliff, didn’t think so.
Vox has also been called “terrible” and “a joke.” The staff has been referred to as “complete idiots” and likened to “sleazy mob lawyers.” David Harsanyi of The Federalist writes that “Vox makes us stupid.”
Let’s agree to call them awful. Because they really are. Say it like Donald Trump would.
“Vox is awwwwwwful!”
In her latest awful health care ‘splainer, Kliff tells us “Why your health bills are getting higher, in one chart.” And Kliff, who is now rather famous for producing pieces that cover only part of the story, once again fails to disappoint her reader(s)!
Let’s be clear: she really doesn’t explain “Why your health bills are getting higher, in one chart.” She only informs the reader that one component — the deductible — is on the rise. As if we hadn’t noticed.
She must believe Americans open bills from their doctors or hospitals and think, “Whaa?? How did this happen to me? I sure hope Sarah Kliff can ‘splain this!”
But see, she doesn’t. She just calmly ’splains that “This is your new deductible. On steroids.”
Actually, middle-class Americans already realize that Obamacare has made everything related to health care — not just deductibles — awfully expensive. Copayments and coinsurance are rapidly increasing. So are pharmaceutical and medical device costs, narrow networks (“if you have a doctor you like, you will be able to keep your doctor”) and insurers’ “medical necessity” audits and preauthorization requirements.
Why, oh why, is this happening, dear Sarah?
She’ll never admit this, of course, but it’s by design, courtesy of Obamacare architects like Jonathan Gruber, Zeke Emanuel, John Kerry, and The Won. You’re supposed to embrace this financial pain. It’s supposed to be awfully good for you. It’ll force you to reconsider scheduling that physician visit (as if you relished such appointments before) and filling your prescription order.
Never mind that it’s causing people to avoid care. (Shush!)
And never mind that you weren’t told of this plan before you voted in 2010 and beyond.
Kliff would have you believe these cost increases are occurring because “bosses are mean and stingy.” That is her implication in this, the latest of three articles in which she’s complained about deductibles and NOT mentioned the source of this pain: Obamacare’s Cadillac Tax on company health plans.
Kliff is merely taking a page from her progressive elders’ script: blaming company owners — for rising health care expenses and dropped policies — was the plan all along.
Emanuel advanced this move in an interview with FOX news anchor Chris Wallace:
The president — look, the law does not say “Sears, drop coverage.” Sears decides what’s good for Sears… When the private companies decide that they’re going to drop people or put them in the exchange, you blame President Obama. He is not responsible for that.
Yeah, that’s right. The Preezy didn’t write an executive order commanding Sears to trim or drop company plans. He and his fellow Obamacare masterminds just made it a whole lot harder for Sears to keep its doors open. Paying a forty percent excise tax on health policies would put many firms out of business; employers simply have no choice but to skimp on or terminate company insurance.
We’re not alone in noticing Kliff’s awful omissions. The Tax Foundation also offered commentary on her latest skewed article:
Vox today covered the issue of rising deductibles in the U.S. health care market. As with their past coverage of the issue, there is a curious omission from the piece: the Cadillac tax…A number of outlets have linked this industry trend of higher deductibles to the Cadillac Tax. If Vox is to live up to its tagline and “explain the news,” it should perhaps give some consideration to the possible explanation offered by reports from Kaiser Family Foundation and Mercer, both of which link the Cadillac Tax to higher cost-sharing or consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs). This explanation for the news, for example, was considered by journalists at Bloomberg, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, in today’s papers alone. It may behoove Vox to give it a look.
Kliff has a documented history of recycling information, but this is getting ridiculous — and, yes, awful! — for a former Washington Post writer.
Three articles on increased worker cost-sharing and yet NO mention of the Cadillac Tax?
While some may have previously believed Sarah Kliff was just goofy, inattentive, and lazy, there’s no reason to think she wants her reader(s) to be anything but ignorant.
Shame on you, Sarah Kliff. Like your boss, you’re nothing but a progressive propagandist.
How awful of you!
H/T Citizen researcher Kathy in Alabama