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Sunday, May 4, 2014
Will MRC Admit GOP's Obamacare Study Is Bogus?
Topic: Media Research Center

Matt Hadro writes in a May 1 Media Research Center item:

House Republicans determined that just two-thirds of ObamaCare enrollees paid their first month's premium in the federal marketplace, but the broadcast networks ignored their finding on Thursday evening, though FNC's Special Report with Bret Baier ran a full story. If true, the report would drastically undercut the White House's number of ObamaCare enrollees.

Hadro won't tell you, but the operative term here is "if true." Turns out it isn't.

As TPM detailed, the GOP survey was rigged to produce that result -- it included language that explicitly left out the fact some people would still have time to pay their premium after April 15, which is when the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked companies to return their answers.Nearly 40 percent of Obamacare enrollees signed up after March 15, which means their first premium wasn't due until after the committee finished collecting its data.

Having demanded that the media cover a bogus study, will Hadro now report that the study was bogus and admit no self-respecting news outlet should have covered it in the first place?

Posted by Terry K. at 10:18 PM EDT

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