From this morning's lead editorial on children's health care coverage:
West Virginia has had plenty of bad news when it comes to its rankings among the states in terms of various measures of well-being. In one category, however, the Mountain State outshines nearly everyone else, and it is a category of tremendous importance to our future. West Virginia ranks fourth in the nation for lowest rates of children without health insurance.
And we might have done even better, except for one factor: Obamacare.
The editorial largely credits state money for the decrease and that is absolutely false -- Obamacare and our Democratic governor's decision to take federal money to expand Medicaid are the reasons why West Virginia's insurance coverage dropped so dramatically. Here's Nature World Report (emphasis is mine).
The Georgetown study was unequivocal in awarding credit, citing the ACA as the primary driver in reducing uninsured rates.
And from BABW News:
The study found that the rate of children who are uninsured in the U.S. dropped to 6 percent in 2014. The study cites the Affordable Care Act as the main driver of dropping uninsured rates, which built on a decade of progress by Medicaid and CHIP.
And here's vocativ:
The states with the sharpest declines were Nevada, Colorado, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Rhode Island. Nevada’s decline was considerably larger than any other state, at 5.3 percent. States which extended Medicaid coverage to more uninsured adults under Obamacare signed up twice as many children, as parents enrolled their kids when they signed up for newly available coverage.
When Govenor Tomblin decided to make West Virginia a part of the Medicaid expansion, Mike Myer had a long column explaining why West Virginia should not participate:
We already shell out plenty for Medicaid. During the next couple of years, the annual cost borne by state taxpayers is expected to approach $650 million. That's without an expansion.
Myer and his paper's editorials have consisted opposed and attacked Obamacare on a regular basis. (See here, and here, for instance.) And now they want to give the state rather than Obamacare credit for increasing health coverage and then blame Obamacare for those who are not covered!
Incredible. Their purposeful misrepresentation of the simple facts of Obamacare as it applies to West Virginia and their blatant hypocrisy has pushed their level of chutzpah to a new all time high. And that's just another reason why I call them "newspapers."