Only one big lie from Michael Medved today...

...but it's a doozy.

Dear Michael,

Today's show was fairly focused on politics, and not so much on policy, so it was nice to hear subjective analysis, not the stream of misinformation that we have become so accustomed to.  Nevertheless, there was a particularly egregious piece of misinformation today that has been so thoroughly debunked previously, I can only assume you know you are lying when you say it.  

Michael Medved: "The CBO estimates that at least 20 million Americans are going to be thrown off their employer insurance"

I chuckled when I heard this, because I've heard you use the "20 million Americans" line before, but never modified with "at least".  This takes the misinformation to an as yet undiscovered form of misinformation, and worse, you are telling your listeners the CBO says it.  It's one thing to say something is true that you know to be false.  It's another to misrepresent the words of others, especially when you know it is false.

The original CBO projections for the ACA projected the following:

On balance, the number of people obtaining coverage through their 
employer would be about 3 million lower in 2019 under the legislation, 
CBO and JCT estimate.

The current CBO projections for the ACA project the following:
CBO and JCT’s projections of health insurance coverage have also changed since 
last March. Fewer people are now expected to obtain health insurance coverage 
from their employer or in insurance exchanges; more are now expected to obtain 
coverage from Medicaid or CHIP or from nongroup or other sources. More are 
expected to be uninsured. The extent of the changes varies from year to year, but 
in 2016, for example, the ACA is now estimated to reduce the number of people 
receiving health insurance coverage through an employer by an additional 4 
million enrollees relative to the March 2011 projections. 

Here is the entire table for everyone's convenience.  Notice that there is no projection that says "at least 20 million Americans are going to be thrown off their employer insurance."  At most, 5 million will go off their employer coverage.  Realize, some of those people will choose to leave employer coverage, something the CBO notes in their projection.  

So, stop utterly misrepresenting the CBO, Michael.  It's dishonest and disgraceful.

Yours faithfully,

Bellevue, WA

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