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Fox Nation is renowned for its distorted headlines, but this one really takes the cake. It isn’t a simple distortion; it’s a bald-faced lie.

The story that Fox links to, titled “Mom With Cancer Gets Insurance Help For Transplant”, comes from the CBS affiliate in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. It’s one of those “We’re on your side” stories that local TV stations like to do and concerns a young mother who was denied cancer treatment when her Medicaid policy was canceled. The story doesn’t even mention the healthcare bill, much less any death panels.

And why not? Because the new healthcare bill had absolutely nothing to do with this. The young woman’s Medicaid policy was canceled when she began receiving Social Security disability benefits for her 3-year-old son, which pushed her income over the Medicaid limit. At that point, the hospital decided not to offer the operation, due primarily to liability issues:

The problem is Jackson Memorial Hospital could not provide the procedure because the risk is too high. The universal policy from Medicaid helps shield the hospital from liability in this kind of case. Without it, they are subject to liability issues.

So the problem here was existing Medicaid rules—not the new healthcare bill—and the decision was made by the hospital—not a government panel. But does that deter Fox Nation? Noooo. It is simply breathtaking.

The most worrisome thing is that the FNatics don’t seem to care when FN lies to them. They simply don’t give a rat’s ass. Read the comments, you’ll see. It causes them not a moment’s concern. It is completely irrelevant. It doesn’t even make them think, “Gee, I wonder if maybe there’s anything else they’ve ever told me that might not be 100% accurate?”

It is baffling.

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