Tom Reed’s obfuscation

reed manchesterAt Manchester Tom Reed stated:

He (Reed) pointed out that misinformation is out there based on previous town hall meetings — including talk about mental health coverage being taken from health care services with the replacement package, which he doesn’t see happening.–Daily Messenger

One might think that the GOP draft bill preserves mental health coverage; it doesn’t after 2019 for Medicaid. According to FactCheck:

The bill keeps the essential health benefits requirement under the ACA. Insurance companies would still have to cover 10 health services, including maternity coverage, prescription drugs and mental health care. State Medicaid plans, however, would not have to meet this requirement after Dec. 31, 2019.

On this specific point, Tom is technically correct–mental health coverage is repealed by the draft “repeal bill” for Medicaid (responsibility is unloaded on the States), although not until 2019. But that isn’t what Tom claimed. Tom claimed that mental health coverage might be retained in the non-existent “replacement bill.” That’s “pie in the sky.” I rate Tom’s statement misleading at best. He promoted the idea that opposition to GOP healthcare proposals is based on “misinformation” by offering misleading information himself.

http://www.mpnnow.com/news/20170311/rep-tom-reed-town-hall-fighting-for-common-ground-in-manchester

http://www.factcheck.org/2017/03/the-facts-on-the-gop-health-care-bill/

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