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  •  Also, an example of propaganda (0+ / 0-)

    would be to not report on a study that reported results we progressives find unfavorable. Would it not?

    Other than vague allusions to the study being "Koch funded," you didn't really even try to discredit the study itself.

    And you also missed this part of NPR's reporting, somehow:

    The study did find, however, increases in the diagnosis and treatment of those common ailments in the Medicaid group.

    And there was a significant decrease among the Medicaid population in the likelihood of being diagnosed with depression. "It was about a 30 percent decline in the probability of screening positive for depression among those who had Medicaid than among those who didn't," she said.

    Baicker said there was also a clear financial benefit for those who gained coverage. "They're protected from catastrophic financial expenditures," she said. "Medicaid coverage virtually eliminates having medical costs that are more than 30 percent of your income."

    Sure seems to me the pros and cons were presented even-handedly by NPR, but I suppose the American people would be better served by suppression of this new study.

    You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

    by tomjones on Thu May 02, 2013 at 10:01:50 AM PDT

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    •  Look at the entire narrative of the "report." And (3+ / 0-)

      look at the closing statements.  It was propagandist, ALEC-boiler plate stuff, punctuated by one of the most egregious corporate propaganda organizations, the American Enterprise Institute.

      No amount of apologia is going to change that FACT.

      •  Two points: (0+ / 0-)

        1) It was a negative study as far as Medicaid is concerned. No getting around that.

        2) If NPR tried to spin the study as positive, or minimize the conclusions, then that would be pro-liberal bias.

        In conclusion:

        No amount of apologia is going to change that FACT.

        You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

        by tomjones on Thu May 02, 2013 at 11:59:50 AM PDT

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        •  Your two points are wrong. It's obvious to any (0+ / 0-)

          objective observer.  The apologia charge stands--against you.

          •  Ooooook. (0+ / 0-)

            Denying reality used to just be a conservative trait. Sad to see it so eagerly adopted here.

            Oh, and ad hominems of course. But that is no surprise coming from you.

            You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

            by tomjones on Thu May 02, 2013 at 12:11:11 PM PDT

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            •  Where is the ad hominem? I'm just making an (0+ / 0-)

              observation about you being an NPR apologist (in this instance, and as it relates to the content of this diary).

              •  You are attacking me (0+ / 0-)

                and not my argument.

                And it's very weak tea, might I add.

                You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

                by tomjones on Thu May 02, 2013 at 12:38:32 PM PDT

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