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Harvard Pilgrim Drops a Medicare Plan, NOT Due To Health Reform

Harvard Pilgrim Drops a Medicare Plan, NOT Due To Health Reform

October 6, 2010

There was lots of national attention on Harvard Pilgrim's announcement last week that it was dropping its Medicare Advantage plan. As noted by Maggie Mahar on the Century Foundation's blog, the anti-Obama crowd leapt up to declare this as another sign of the evil of "Obamacare." Here are some of the articles Mahar found:

And here's her correct response: "the headlines were not just predictable--they were dead wrong."

Mahar and economist Austin Frakt explain fully why this happened, and why it was unrelated to the Affordable Care Act. Anyone who wants to understand this should look at these well-informed articles.

The manipulation of Harvard Pilgrim's decision to score political points is consistent with the ignore-the-facts approach that is the regular practice of the right-wingo-sphere. What's sad is that it gets picked up by the mainstream press.
-Brian Rosman