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WaPo Gives ‘Three Pinocchios’ to Claim Medicare-for-All Would Save $2 Trillion

"Democrats cannot seize on one cherry-picked fact without acknowledging the broader implications."

By NTK Staff | 08.07.2018 @9:06am
WaPo Gives ‘Three Pinocchios’ to Claim Medicare-for-All Would Save $2 Trillion

The Washington Post‘s fact-checker dealt a blow Tuesday to liberals’ recent claims that Bernie Sanders-style “Medicare-for-All” could save the U.S. money.

Glenn Kessler gave claims that “Medicare-for-all [would] actually save … this nation $2 trillion if it were fully implemented” a “Three Pinocchios” rating, one Pinocchio away from its top ‘false’ claim.

All too often, politicians mischaracterize conclusions that are contained in academic or think tank studies. At the Fact Checker, we rely heavily on how a study’s author says the data should be presented. In this case, it’s clear that Blahous bent over backward to accept Sanders’s assumptions, only to find they did not add up. Democrats cannot seize on one cherry-picked fact without acknowledging the broader implications of Blahous’s research.

Kessler and the Post reached this conclusion in part by talking to the man who conducted the study that liberals are citing.

“To lend credibility to the $2 trillion savings number, one would have to argue that we can cut payments to providers by about 40 percent at the same time as increasing demand by about 11 percent,” [George Mason University’s Charles] Blahous said.

This push-pull between supply, demand, and costs is the kind of simple health care economics that single-payer advocates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) miss when they advocate for ‘Hail Mary’ solutions like “Medicare-for-All.”

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