Tantaros, O’Reilly Spout Ignorance on Planned Parenthood, Obamacare

Bill O’Reilly brought fellow ignoramus and Fox News host Andrea Tantaros on his show to discuss federal funding for Planned Parenthood and they spouted either ignorance or lies (take your pick) about both Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act. They said:

TANTAROS: I want to jump in on the women’s health point because that’s actually a crock. Look, you don’t have to be pro-life to be horrified by these videos. A number of my pro-choice friends are horrified by these videos, the same way they were horrified by Kermit Gosnell. And look, here’s my view on Planned Parenthood. It provides services now, those services are provided under Obamacare. So, we don’t really need Planned Parenthood.

O’REILLY: 90 percent of their services are abortion-related.

TANTAROS: But here’s my deal, I don’t want to pay for it. It’s a business, let private funding go to Planned Parenthood, taxpayer dollars should not have to go to crazy towns like San Francisco and to places like Planned Parenthood.

Both of the substantive claims there are blatantly false.

The Affordable Care Act requires that insurance companies cover preventative women’s health care services and prenatal care, and has already saved women over $1 billion dollars on birth control by reducing co-pays and deductibles. The law also established funding to construct health centers to increase access to health care.

But the law does not guarantee that there are clinics accessible to provide women these health services. Some local pharmacies may stock prescription birth control, for example, but they aren’t equipped to perform pap smears, conduct exams for breast cancer, or provide treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.

That kind of critical women’s health care is provided at the hundreds of Planned Parenthood clinics. According to their most recent annual report, from October 2012 to September 2013 their clinics performed almost 900,000 pap tests and breast exams, over 3.5 million birth control information and service requests, and nearly 4.5 million tests and treatments for STIs.

The same report (once again) confirmed that only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services were abortion-related.

Of course, if Fox News was the least bit concerned about facts and accuracy, neither O’Reilly nor Tantaros would be employed there.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Look, if God wanted women to have healthcare, He would’ve made them men.

  • Ellie

    They should read this (The Mansplainingest mansplainer Who Ever Internetted). It would also work for Andrea who wants to play with the boys:

    https://storify.com/diannaeanderson/the-mansplainingest-mansplainer-who-ever-internett

  • busterggi

    You’re correct Modus, women should all have penises.

  • karmacat

    As a woman, can I get a detachable penis or does it have to be permanent?

  • tsig

    But then who would us men feel superior to?

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    karmacat

    I believe that you can even get one with batteries included!

  • Mobius

    O’Reilly Spout(s) Ignorance

    Well of course he does. It is, after all, a day ending in “y”.

  • StevoR

    .. they spouted either ignorance or lies (take your pick) ..

    I’d say a mix of both! Is that allowed at Brayton’s Despatches Buffet of Rightwingery?

  • John Hinkle

    [Planned Parenthood] provides services now, those services are provided under Obamacare.

    And here I thought Obamacare was an insurance program.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    The same report (once again) confirmed that only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services were abortion-related.

    Well, there is your problem. The abortion was diluted down to 3%, no wonder it was so powerful! If it were diluted to 1.5%, just imagine how abortiony the country would be! We must stop Planned Parenthood now, before they fully harness the power of homeopathy and abortion!!

  • caseloweraz

    Tantaros: And look, here’s my view on Planned Parenthood. It provides services now, those services are provided under Obamacare. So, we don’t really need Planned Parenthood.

    This would be incoherent regardless of the type of services provided. I can restate it as follows: “Planned Parenthood provides manicures paid for by Obamacare. So we don’t really need manicures provided by Planned Parenthood.”

    Tantaros herself may be able to pay for manicures herself, but generalizing that with the “we” is totally illogical. It’s a classic knee-jerk reaction to the deceptive videos — which means they’re having the desired effect.

  • caseloweraz

    O’REILLY: 90 percent of their services are abortion-related.

    TANTAROS: But here’s my deal, I don’t want to pay for it. It’s a business, let private funding go to Planned Parenthood, taxpayer dollars should not have to go to crazy towns like San Francisco and to places like Planned Parenthood.

    More incoherency. If O’Reilly’s claim were valid, Tantaros should be delighted. The reason is that the Hyde Amendment prohibits federal taxpayer funds going to any abortion-related services. Four states fund such services voluntarily, and 13 others do so under court order. Therefore, per O’Reilly’s claim, Planned Parenthood would be approaching 90% privately funded. Behold the power of the Free Market!