Fox & Friends mocks Sanders, Pelosi, and Franken for accurately saying people will die under GOP health care bill

Fox hosts say it's “huge” that an insurance company (which will save money) endorsed the bill, but downplay the American Medical Association and AARP's opposition

From the June 27 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): You hear the 22 million, it's like wow, that's a lot of people with no health care, right? Well, this is an opportunity for the people on the political left to use that number as a gigantic sledge hammer against the Republicans who are thinking about voting on it. Watch this right here from yesterday.


SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT): I know this is a sensitive issue. I'm going to raise it. And that is that the horrible and unspeakable truth is that if this legislation were to pass, thousands of our fellow Americans every single year will die. 

REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): We do know that the -- many more people, millions, hundreds of thousands of people will die if this bill passes. 

SEN. AL FRANKEN (D-MN): One to 2,000 people will die if you cut 750,000 people from Medicaid. So that means you're killing one to 2,000 -- killing them.


BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Yeah, and I have here that everyone will die. Did you have that in number two?

DOOCY: Eventually, yes.

AINSLEY EARHARDT: Who told you that?

KILMEADE: I will add this. We asked that to Speaker [Paul] Ryan, directly, and Speaker Ryan does handle -- will tackle that 22 million directly. One thing also came across. Among the people -- the AMA [American Medical Association] not happy with it. The AARP is not happy with it, but Anthem came out and endorsed the -- Anthem health care, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, came out and endorsed the GOP plan right after the CBO [Congressional Budget Office] [report] came out.

AINSELY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): That's huge. That's a huge insurance company. That’s big.

DOOCY: It is, absolutely, but then the AMA came out and they said, “We don't like it.”


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