Since the election of #Donald Trump, the media has struggled in how to handle the new administration. With the Republicans now rolling out their new health care bill, the mainstream press and the right-wing media are clashing, with allegations of "#fake news" being thrown around ad nauseam.
Fox News clash
For eight years during the Obama administration, Republicans made repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) their top priority. Republicans at a federal, state, and local level vowed to take part in the law's repeal, while promising a replacement in the future. After Donald Trump pulled off the upset win over Hillary Clinton, and with Republicans in full control of Congress, it was only a matter of time before they made the push to change the American health care system. Last week, House Republicans rolled out their health care alternative, but it was met with almost universal criticism, even by many conservatives. This issue was the highlighted topic during a tense March 19 segment on #Fox News.
Joining Fox News host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" was a round-table of guests, which included liberal Neery Tanden, conservative reality star Rachel Campos-Duffy, Karl Rove, and Dr. Ezekial Emanuel, who helped create the Affordable Care Act. As expected, the discussion quickly became heated, as the new health care bill dominated the exchange, which led to instant fireworks.
After Chris Wallace and Rachel Campos-Duffy increased their criticisms of Obamacare, claiming that it was falling apart, Neery Tanden couldn't hold back her thoughts. "The Affordable Care Act, the CBO said is not collapsing," Tanden said, before adding, "This is false, This is fake news from you guys." Wallace instantly fired back in defense of Fox News, saying "Wow, what? Fake news." The panel continued their discussion, as the conservatives attempted to push back at the recently released report from the Congressional Budget Office that found that the Republican replacement bill would result in as many as 24 million Americans losing their insurance over the next decade.
The Republican's replacement for Obamacare, known as the American Health Care Act, has received backlash from both the political left and right. Conservatives believe the bill is too close to Obamacare, while liberals argue that it will result in a catastrophic loss of health care for the American people. It's unknown if the bill will make it to Donald Trump's desk, and it's expected to face a tough fight in Congress over the next few weeks.