Thursday, April 21, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 04-21-11

Limbaugh Finds New Proof Of "Death Panels," Is Wrong Again
Rush Limbaugh claimed that the Obama administration issued a "waiver" to exempt seniors from Medicare cuts enacted by the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a body created by the Affordable Care Act. He also claimed that the board constitutes "rationing" and "death panels" and will decide health care coverage for "individual cases" under Medicare. In fact, the waiver applies to a provision relating to Medicare Advantage, not IPAB, and the board's recommendations will pertain to systemwide cost controls. Read More

Another Day, Another Obama Speech Fox Takes Out Of Context
Following President Obama's April 20 Facebook town hall meeting, Fox News jumped on his remarks, accusing Obama of "class warfare" while again deceptively editing portions of Obama's speech to accuse him of calling Republicans "selfish." Read More

Right-Wing Media Return To Fearmongering About Health Care Rationing
Right-wing media have recently revived the falsehood that the Independent Payment Advisory Board created by the health care law will lead to health care rationing. In fact, the law specifically prohibits the Advisory Board from making "any recommendations to ration health care ... or otherwise restrict benefits." Read More

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