Nina Easton Has No Idea What She is Talking About
Last Sunday on Meet the Press, Nina Easton of Fortune Magazine, referred to the CBO scoring of the incomplete Senate HELP Committee health care reform bill. She repeatedly claimed that the CBO scoring dealt with the “public plan.” It did not.
She said, “And I think the, the big speed bump this week, of course, was that CBO, Congressional Budget Office study that said that the costs of a public plan are going to be well beyond what they expected.”
This is incorrect because the CBO study did not include the public plan.
She later in the show said, “And again, going back to that CBO study, showed that 16 to 23 million people would lose their private or other type of health insurance if that public plan went through.”
Once again the CBO did not study the public plan. The CBO determined that 16 to 23 million people would lose their current coverage if the health care exchange was put in place without a employer mandate. In the CBO study, the health care exchange did not include a public plan.
If Nina Easton had bothered to read the CBO study or even basic reporting about the CBO study, she would easily know that it did not study the public plan. Either Nina Easton has no idea what she is talking about, or she is purposely spreading lies about the public plan. Either way Nina Easton has proven that she is not qualified to discuss health care policy on a “news” program. Unfortunately, David Gregory did not correct Ms. Easton incorrect statements.