Is Health Care Bill Victim of Bad Policy or Unfair Treatment?
Despite Obamacare's financial struggles, media coverage of the GOP's attempts to remedy health care is largely negative.
Fox News Correspondent Trace Gallagher noted "stark differences" between the media coverage of Obamacare when it was moving through Congress and the Republican health care bill.
The Media Research Center found that cable news channels ABC, CBS, and NBC referred to the Affordable Health Care Act as "health care reform" in the three months before it passed much more than they called the American Health Care Act "reform."
All this occurred in spite of former President Obama's own Health and Human Services Department's statement in October predicting that Obamacare premiums would rise on average 25 percent in 39 states, with Arizona's rising around 116 percent.
Insurers in state after state have backed out of the Obamacare plans. Anthem pulled out of Ohio a few weeks ago, leaving 20 percent of counties in that state without individual plans.
The GOP benefited from Obamacare failing, Dana Perino commented, but they must decide how they are going to sell the new bill.
"They don't seem to like their own bill," Chris Stirewalt said. Congressional Republicans seem to have an attitude of "resignation" towards the legislation, he noted.
However, "they need to have something that they have acted on," Perino said, "rather than trying to explain inaction."