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Headlines on Trumpcare Are Very Different Than Headlines on Obamacare

A comparison between 2009 headlines on health reform — when the Dems were in charge — and 2017 health reform, with the GOP in charge, are sometimes quite different.

Presidents Trump and Obama

On Monday evening, the House GOP unveiled its replacement for Obamacare. The rollout begins what will likely be a months-long process to repeal and replace President Obama’s health care legislation.

Anyone who read the news on Tuesday morning saw some bad headlines about the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan. What these media outlets won’t do, though, is compare their 2017 headlines on Obamacare to 2009 headlines on health care reform, when the Democrats were in charge.

Here are a few from 2009, particularly on the Democratic bill from Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT):

CNN: “Michelle Obama could be secret weapon in health care reform

NYT: “Baucus Offers Health Plan but Lacks G.O.P. Support

The Hill: “House Blue Dog leader hails Baucus health bill

NYT: “Lobbyists Fight Last Big Plans to Cut Health Care Costs

CNN: “CBO finds Dem bill with public option reduces deficit

Now compare to 2017 headlines on GOP-led health care reform:

Politico: “Republicans’ Obamacare repeal plan would cut taxes on the wealthy

NYT: “G.O.P. Repeal Bill Would Cut Funding for Poor and Taxes on Rich

AP: “Trump praises new health care bill as GOP tries to sell it

Reuters: “Tuesday Morning Briefing: No mandates, less Medicaid

WP: “House leaders brace for the task ahead: selling ‘Obamacare Lite’

If, as some claim, the GOP’s plan is “Obamacare Lite,” why have media outlets packaged the bill so differently than they did the original Obamacare?