On Wednesday, ABC’s Jon Karl gave a perfect example of media bias during the White House Press Briefing:
The President — in this agreement, is there a little bit of ransom paid? I mean, there is a provision in here that requires verification for recipients of subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.
MR. CARNEY: The income verification provision to which you refer was negotiated by Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans and is a modest adjustment to the existing Affordable Care Act law. We have always said we are willing to make improvements and adjustments to the law. Ransom would be a wholly different thing and –
Well, it’s a little bit of ransom because it’s something that was done with a gun on the table or the atomic bomb or –
MR. CARNEY: No, not if both sides agree to it and we support it. We’re fine with it.
On the surface, this seems like a reasonable question – the White House wanted a clean CR and a clean debt ceiling, and said negotiating would be dealing with terrorists, but instead it agreed to add income verification requirements for the Obamacare subsidies.
However, the question is based on a false premise. In fact, the White House delayed its own regulations on oversight of the subsidies. As Senator Coburn (R-OK) pointed out on CBS last week, the delay would have opened the door to enormous fraud in the exchanges, but – like the law itself – the oversight was too complex for the White House to implement effectively.
In the flurry of negotiations that took place before the final vote, Democrats claimed income verification was a concession of policy on their part. In fact, it is only bringing Obamacare back to the original regulations the Administration created. As Carney notes, they were making the awful health care law less bad.
That’s not all that Karl did. He also mentioned that a gun or atomic bomb was on the table during the discussions this week. How using the legal legislative system to negotiate on policy is equivalent to pulling a gun or having a bomb is a mystery to all but the most vitriolic propagandists.
Then again, Karl is the ABC News reporter who said on October 6 that the Tea Party is “threatening to blow up the economy.”