With the scandal over secret waiting lists at the VA, Republicans are now trying to claim that this is just like the Affordable Care Act. But the VA and the ACA are not even remotely alike. Fox News, of course, is pushing that argument like mad and PolitiFact calls this a pants on fire lie.
On Fox News’ The Five, four of the show’s pundits built the case that if Obama digs deeply into the VA, it will raise more questions than he would like about how the Affordable Care Act is structured.
When a Fox News panelist described the VA as a “single-payer” system (where the financing of health care is run through the government), co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle chimed in.
“If he (Obama) shines a light on that, if we actually have some illumination there, then you’re going to see this is really what the rest of you all are going to get: One big fat VA system in the form of Obamacare,” Guilfoyle said.
Using the same logic, co-host Eric Bolling later claimed that 500 people per year “are going to die waiting” for treatment because of Obamacare.
They know this, of course. They aren’t wrong, they’re lying. Their focus groups told them that this is an effective line of attack, so the fact that it’s false simply does not matter.