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What happens when you treat health care like a soap opera

August 27, 2019

Republicans are having a real bad time defending
their health care bill. … and now these people don’t have the
insurance they need ’cause they’re poor. It’s expected to cause about 20 million
Americans to lose health insurance over the next few years, and people are pissed. The fight and the fury mounting over the House
health care bill. Blowback for Republican Congress members who
voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. It’s gotten so bad that Republicans have
just stopped talking to their constituents altogether. Will we see you tomorrow night at the town
hall in Austin? I don’t think so. Like Darrell Issa, who decided to just hide
out on the roof of his office instead of facing his voters. Hello darkness, my old friend. Thankfully, we have cable news to hold politicians
accountable. To ask the tough questions and explain what’s
really at stake in the debate over health care. Take me inside the Oval Office, what was President
Trump’s sales pitch to you? Has President Trump convinced you to get on
board? Are you going to the White House tonight or
maybe bowling next week? Has the president contacted you? Trump is in a full court sales pitch. Do you see any scenario where you will be
a buyer? God da— Cable news tries to make big congressional
votes more exciting by treating them like an episode of House of Cards. By focusing on the drama of getting a bill
through Congress. The negotiating, the running through Congress,
the suspense of a final vote. I want an immediate call of the roll, don’t
let half a second pass. Yes, sir. Cable news loves this stuff And you could see it in the coverage of the
House health care bill. Interviews with politicians running through
Congress, How you feeling this morning? Do you guys think you’re going to get the
votes? graphics tracking the updated vote count, and tons of focus on how Trump was persuading
Republicans to vote for the bill. President Trump on Capitol Hill trying to
close the health care deal. The question now becomes, “Can they close
the deal quick enough?” It was CNN’s best attempt to make reality
look like a political soap opera. Cable news’ fixation on the spectacle of
a big vote makes for good TV, The pressure, the arm-twisting, the ultimatum. but it’s terrible for viewers at home. It tells viewers nothing about whether the
Republican health care bill is actually a good idea. Do you have a sense of whether or not the
White House has enough votes? What do you think, do you have the votes? You can watch hours of these segments and
still not understand what the bill does. So you’re a “no” vote. That sounds like you’re going to be a “yes”? Are you a “no” or a “yes”? I am still a “no.” Thank you, I’m glad we got that out of the
way. This kind of tunnel vision turns news coverage
into a circus of spin and misinformation. Like in this interview with Wolf Blitzer and
Republican Tom Garrett. Congressional Budget Office report, as you
know, 24 million would be uninsured by 2026. The interview starts strong. If the bill fails, do you think President
Trump will be blamed for the failure? Kind of a dumb question, but okay. It’s absolutely undeniable that Obamacare
is in a death spiral, and if we just let the status quo go, we’re going to see what real
pain and suffering looks like. Okay, this would be a great time for some
good journalism. Obamacare is not in a death spiral. Experts actually worry that the Republican
health care bill would be a recipe for death spirals because it reduces healthy people’s
incentives to stay insured. Come on Wolf, easy follow-up, you’ve got
this! You were supposed to go to the White House
for a pizza and bowling event with the president tonight. I take it that’s been canceled? Are you serious? When is that pizza and bowling event going
to be rescheduled for. What kind of a wolf doesn’t have a taste
for blood? Carlos. Sorry. A better use of this airtime would be to talk
to actual health care experts, like any of the major medical organizations that have
come out against the GOP bill. The bill is garbage, Donald. But the House of Cards approach to news means
that most interviews go to politicians or pundits, who haven’t read the bill and aren’t
going to give straight answers to begin with. I could probably tell you that I read every
word and I wouldn’t be telling you the truth nor would any other member. So even when journalists do ask good questions,
you get train wrecks like this. Their premiums will not go through the roof? The goal is to make certain that they do not. Will their premiums rise, Congresswoman? My hope would be that their premiums would
not rise. People who have preexisting conditions, can
you assure them that their premiums will not rise? The goal… But the real danger of this type of news coverage
has nothing to do with dumb interviews. It’s that when you treat big congressional
votes like soap operas, you train audiences to think in terms of politics instead of policy. Train people to ask “What’s stopping this
from passing?” instead of “Should we pass this at all?” What do you want to see in this bill, how
would you change it? Why won’t you vote for it in the form that
it’s in now? So the problem isn’t that the GOP bill cuts
coverage, it’s that it doesn’t appease the House Freedom Caucus. What changes would you need to see in order
to get to “yes?” What could the president say to get you on
board? The problem isn’t that it slashes Medicaid,
it’s that Democrats aren’t doing enough to compromise. Are you making efforts to come together? What have Democrats done so far to help improve
this bill and work with Republicans? Just like on House of Cards, success becomes
less about making good policy, and more about just passing something. We need a bill we can pass. Resolving the drama. If it doesn’t pass, then what? Which means if the bill we end up with is
a disaster for the country, but secures enough votes, it looks like a win. A big win for Republicans on this day after
a major setback only six weeks ago. House members said it was the kind of deal-making
that won rave reviews. This is a huge moment of competence and that
is no small thing. We show unity! We offer progress! That approach is a nightmare when dealing
with any policy issue, but it’s especially reckless when it comes to health care. When people’s lives are actually on the
line. And the frustrating thing is, you don’t
need the drama to get people to watch. People want clear, fact-based information
about what’s happening to their health care. And you actually saw a glimpse of this during
a CNN town hall with Tom Price. Question after question from real people about
stuff that actually matters to them. Why do you want to take away my Medicaid expansion? The bill allows insurance companies to charge
much higher premiums for people in my age group. How can you justify that change? It was this surreal moment of clarity and
thoughtfulness on cable news. And then, at the very last second: How are you going to get this plan through
Congress when you can’t get these members of your own party to support it?


  • Reply Vox June 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    If you want a straight-forward, clear explanation of what's happening with health care… there's a Vox video for that! Two, actually!

    Oh, and thanks for tolerating my terrible Frank Underwood impression. – Carlos

  • Reply Jack Argent July 19, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    I used to dream of moving to America when I was little but all this corruption in this country has made me change my mind. All the politicians are paid by the insurance companies that's probably why your insurance is going up. Health care should be a human right not a paid service surely a country as rich as the USA could instead of shooting billions of dollars worth of missiles at a war torn country could use that money to provide free health care just like the uks NHS. fair enough our health care isn't amazing but at least we don't have people not getting the care they need coz they can't afford it or cancer survivors living on the streets because they're insurance companies took their house it's a joke.

  • Reply lαиα Star Butterfly July 21, 2017 at 4:57 am

    I like to inform myself, so I'd watch this anyways but you're so cute and fun- you make politics cool.

  • Reply Edward Maxwell July 22, 2017 at 4:24 am

    News TV treats Politics like the Superbowl. No wonder people don't watch it anymore.

  • Reply Megatron T. July 25, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Why did vaatividya like this?

  • Reply bao nguyen July 30, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I knew there was a reason why I stopped watching the major cable news networks. This just clarify it

  • Reply Parham A. August 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    great video. well done.

  • Reply HAQx . org August 2, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I wish this guy sounded "neutral" and not a full on liberal,
    More people would actually pay quality attention.

  • Reply Nicholas G August 3, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    I dont like Vox just because of this guys arm movements

  • Reply pyrosdestiny August 7, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    We want real journalism!

  • Reply Jerzy Feliks August 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    1. This is why the "Fake Media" slogan resonated with a lot of people and not only on the right. I think it resonated all across the world and people started asking themselves watching a TV channel – what is their agenda? Which can be a good thing down the road. Being uncritical about the news outlets who are poorly regulated creates an atmosphere of corruption where media start to lean one or the other side or appease their advertisers. I think that the media all across the board didn't learn this lesson and after the Trump win they didn't change anything, which showed their arrogance and in the end they will have to pay for it because the viewership will decrease. People are abandoning mainstream media because they simply don't trust them anymore. They're not necessarily factually incorrect but as the video has shown their main goal is to raise the temperature of the conflict. Viewers who are angry or afraid are more susceptible to the soothing message of the ads.
    I don't remember who has done this clip, wouldn't be surprised if it was Vox, which has shown that throughout the campaign all media were desperately trying to balance Hilary's emails with a sh**load of all Trump scandals. You know, so it doesn't appear like a one horse race because that's boring…well played mainstream media, well played…
    2. This is why people flock to internet in search of more reliable, trustworthy outlets like Vox 🙂
    3. "What kind of a wolf doesn't have a taste for blood?" LOL

  • Reply Karabo ManneZA August 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Trump did say America isnt winning enough

  • Reply Qwax Payne August 16, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    In theory Vox is correct but practically unrealistic. Our government is divided by party and when the GOP is the majority, it comes down to the single question. Do they have enough votes? Whether the bill is good or not is debatable but you will have the usual party line stances. Fox will agree and CNN won't agree with the bill.

  • Reply Nick R August 26, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    "How are you gonna get this plan through congress when you can't get these members of your own party to support it?" the correct answer is "Well, now that I've seen that the people that I'm representing in my constituency or state don't support it, due to the logical, evidence based reasoning that they've displayed in refuting its merits and pointing out its flaws, I know that I cannot get it through congress and would not want to." Politics is about representing the interests of the people, not pushing bills in opposition to the people's will to benefit some subsets. You aren't a politician or president for your party, you're a politician for your people… All of them.

  • Reply John Lewis September 17, 2017 at 4:50 am

    These videos need more views ?

  • Reply Sally Shoaf October 1, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Watchingg these videos makes me want to become a journalist who does it right

  • Reply kamikaze khan November 2, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Looked over at the tv to realize cardi b had a fine ass sister named Hennessey lol gf had the remote

  • Reply Dakila Lozano November 9, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    haha nailed it

  • Reply Casey Sawyer November 11, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Wow… You people are immeasurably dumb…

  • Reply Don't Even Bother November 19, 2017 at 8:31 am

    From the outside America is looking more and more like a joke every day.

  • Reply Aman Panda November 27, 2017 at 3:54 am

    is it me or anyone else feel that the satire news shows have more fact based information now a days? last week tonight had covered tons of issue which to be frank would have never been part of media discourse,same goes for Sam Bee ,Trevor ,Seth and others. The point in history where satire picks up fact and delivers news.

  • Reply Ramiro Estevez November 28, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Look, people, I'm not from a wealthy country, I'm Argentinian, but I can assure public health makes everyone better off, not because everybody uses it but rather because it sparks the wheel of competition and insurance companies lower their prices dramatically, almost all jobs have their own private insurer who covers everyone in the workplace, if you make 50k a year you could easily have the best insurer in the country for you and your family, although I may add, many rare diseases are not treated in Argentine hospitals

  • Reply jordanvictoria75 November 30, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Listen I'm only saying this because of some of the negative comments I've been seeing in response to what Vox is doing. This in my opinion is irresponsible of Vox and some viewers. For example if you care about health care debate then anything you know about it came from the news. The reporters whether on TV or in the newspaper brought the facts. Period. There were some softball questions but he's not showing the whole interview given by people asked the politicians great questions and nailed down the facts. There the reason why I called my Senator and checked his page to see when there would be a town hall and how he voted before. So stop letting people feed you bullshit read and investigate from reputable sources at least 3 or 4 and don't forget to go to the source because you can see what they said verbatim on CSPAN and it public record on their webpage. Media is a great tool but don't let VOX or the president convince you that they are all tools. There's a reason why freedom of the press is included in the constitution its important.

  • Reply Christian Haimet December 10, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Great job again!

  • Reply Strawmelon 443 December 10, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    These 23 million people are going to get healthcare from health companies, for much cheaper too. Competition will drive down the cost and the healthcare problem will end in months.

  • Reply freespeech_zone January 1, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Its almost as if the corporate media exists till divert peoples attention from bad policy

  • Reply . January 2, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    0:36 do a flip

  • Reply evelyn a January 2, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Why is he so cute 😩😍

  • Reply Not so English January 5, 2018 at 8:15 am

    "Thank god we have cable news"

  • Reply OffTheBox January 6, 2018 at 4:38 am

    -What kind of a wolf doesn't have a taste for blood?

  • Reply ShadowELITE January 18, 2018 at 1:15 am

    The great American democracy as we know it is disintegrating…

  • Reply Miral Handa January 31, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Ur bills truly are garbage!…..Donald

  • Reply Samara Broere February 1, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    does anyone feel like living with the Trump presidency is like your living in a soap opera?

  • Reply FDN February 10, 2018 at 4:33 am

    Thanks for reminding me once again that my country is in a far better condition than yours. I'm really glad to not live there.

  • Reply Austin Duong-Van February 11, 2018 at 4:13 am

    Hello darkness my old friend…

  • Reply Collusion Delusion February 13, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Isnt there enough liberal non-scents on TV. Propaganda at its best. Stop worrying about Mother Russia. Start worrying about MSM brainwashing US and not even knowing

  • Reply Miral Handa February 19, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Your bill, your presidency and your entire existence is garbage Donald!

  • Reply Ayomide Ayegbusi February 25, 2018 at 2:02 am

    nice video

  • Reply HuMaNoId PhEnOmNoN March 3, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    the fact that they run from their constituents should show you they dont work for you and theres nothing to do for you. THERE IS NO PROFIT IN BETTERING POOR PEOPLES LIVES.
    bt keep voting thats about as outside of the box as you all get.

  • Reply HuMaNoId PhEnOmNoN March 3, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    $19 trillion GDP
    $80 trillion u.s.-foreign debt
    $111 trillion unfunded liabilities
    And you want healthcare:) hahahahahahaha

  • Reply Scientific Koala March 21, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    This is a simple solution, one that the U.S needs to embrace…privatized healthcare companies, this is the best environment for it, capitalism. It’d be cheaper healthcare in healthy competition. Sure, it’s not free healthcare these Nelly’s want, but hell, I’d rather pay less for better, then more through heavy taxes like these idiots want. (Plus I still have no free healthcare, have a surgery coming up, and I don’t whine. Mainly because I have balls, unlike the sissy here)

    Ok, as for the whole healthy people not having the need to get health insurance is a viable thing, I’m not going to the doctor for nothing. Hence why a private healthcare system would benefit. Instead of charging a healthy man, to pay for some sick man, sick man pays for sick man, healthy man eats bbq, and salutes his flag.

  • Reply Sutapa Baksi April 1, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Hey vox, how about a video " what happens when you treat healthcare as a right"?

  • Reply Alice Keri Reininger April 6, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    These videos are wonderful

  • Reply Trenton Niles April 15, 2018 at 2:04 am

    So instead of talking about the bill you show bad news clips. Wow your much better

  • Reply sk8rgrlteen April 27, 2018 at 1:39 am

    I’m glad he looks at CNN and MSNBC etc with a critical eye too

  • Reply Speed Demon April 30, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Your healthcare is a joke. Your news networks are a joke. Your president’s a joke. Feel bad for America

  • Reply Giojacy Cadalzo June 2, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Someone should just burn down the media if they keep on doing this.

  • Reply Alex Taylor July 4, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Whey don't you just do what what the nhs do

  • Reply Sarah Marie VanCuren July 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    sergeant Ziros left senator dean heller the death threat about hellers vote on our health bill reform

  • Reply BeepBop Boop July 18, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    How is it that when Trump lies they believe him, and when he tells the truth they dont.

  • Reply TheDufiwon July 30, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Have you people had Obamacare you know the one where my rates went up my ductable went up to $6,000 and my insurance used to cover 80% now it's 60% so yeah Obamacare needs to go what the hell does anybody watch you people for factual news or BS

  • Reply sundar narasimman July 30, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    All the Media runs on drug ads in US..

  • Reply Sandesh Khadka August 15, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    How come people don't like this

  • Reply MsFantasygirl123 August 16, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Vox. We want more Carlos Maza videos

  • Reply WilltasticYT August 18, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I hate Trump so much

  • Reply CJ Ever August 25, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Nice addition of Sound of Silence.

  • Reply CJ Ever August 25, 2018 at 8:22 am

    I am going to make Vox GREAT AGAIN!
    I'll shut down every cable news station (hiring Shep Smith, Wolfe Blizter, Anderson Cooper with training from Vox) and get Vox in the television set 😂

  • Reply Emmett G August 26, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Definition of Propaganda: information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

  • Reply Dáin Ironfoot August 31, 2018 at 11:21 am

    The last question shouldn't have how, it should have been why.

  • Reply Reston Turns September 18, 2018 at 1:08 pm


  • Reply denelson83 September 20, 2018 at 6:06 am

    This is basically keeping the electorate dumb.

  • Reply The Automaticist September 29, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    What happens when you treat the presidency like a soap opera? Trump.

  • Reply Matthew Guerra October 9, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Ask Obama, it was his biggest soap opera

  • Reply vishal .p October 14, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Vox you are doing a great job… Just keep going👍

  • Reply Faiz Basha October 26, 2018 at 10:58 am

    American healthcare should really just be trashed, it doesn't work and it consumes so much money. Big democratic governments are always so inefficient at making decisions it restricts progress.

  • Reply TheWhatever Show November 3, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    US is one werd place

  • Reply Tyrone Biggums November 8, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Great job trump

  • Reply Deema Khunda December 14, 2018 at 2:49 am

    For all those americans still ignorant of consequences of these weapons, 40,000 civilians killed lasy two years in iraq by the US bombing and 10,000 in Syria. The taumahic missiles killed more syrians than the alleged Chemical attack and the MOB killed 100-160 Afghanis
    Seriously your reporting is horrifyingly mideavil

  • Reply The asiatic Lion December 23, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Bra single payer health care

  • Reply MFK December 24, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Carlos is super cute just saying

  • Reply aspookyfox December 26, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    🎶 Wish you would step back from that ledge my friend

  • Reply helBob haramburg December 29, 2018 at 10:50 am


  • Reply aku taktahu January 15, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Gay is gay so shut up

  • Reply Lukas Zacho February 7, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    this is why state founded news is needet

  • Reply david joost February 15, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    im really grateful for all of youzr ideos, but the usage of this high frequenzy tone, always remains as a potential threat for me while watching. you schouldnt do that

  • Reply Abraham .A February 16, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Now, let's speak about how universal healthcare is less expensive.

  • Reply Lysanne Paquette February 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I want YOU to try out for CNN

  • Reply sunnydaze80 February 20, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    this is my main complaint about CNN and the American media in general. They don't inform people. They're too focused on entertaining.

  • Reply Maria Connors February 22, 2019 at 8:28 am

    I agree you can watch TV for hours and learn absolutely nothing about pending legislation. Which is what we need to know. TV regularly gives air time to discredited surrogates or official BS sources instead of independent experts, community activists or advocates. We have to read and be involved in community organizations working on the issues we care about to be informed. TV is a distraction or infotainment.

  • Reply c. j. macq March 12, 2019 at 7:03 am

    deflection and distraction – thats what the corporate news-media is for. my question is, how fid the people in the town hall meeting know what was in the bill to ask the questions they asked? isn't it odd how the entire dialogue has shifted from a crappy health care no one wanted to a boarder wall no one wants.

  • Reply Jon Pasciuti March 18, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    3:16 was a golden moment of humor. Love it!

  • Reply TerminalCarrion March 19, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    The Kevin Spacey cutaways aged badly

  • Reply Dominique Harris March 20, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    this reminds me of scandal

  • Reply Just A Guy Production March 20, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Republicans hate obamacare, but they love the ACA.

  • Reply Matthew Swanson March 21, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    That’s why I tune out cable news

  • Reply Kathryn Harris March 22, 2019 at 2:51 am


  • Reply Saikumar Khot April 4, 2019 at 2:59 am

    Please do a similar video on indian news channels

    Our news channels are are similar but way more dramatic & debates filled with non sense people talking bullshit
    & almost all news channels are sellout

    Eg : arnub goswami

  • Reply Jay's Sheltuh April 7, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    i love this guy..i said it

  • Reply Koko Nangsha April 12, 2019 at 8:35 am

    R u CNN or MSNBC younger brother!!!

  • Reply Silverback Gorrilla May 14, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    It's the post-truth age – form over substance.

  • Reply Rachel Rabbit May 24, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Just because you CAN pass a bill doesn't mean you SHOULD.

  • Reply BallardsTube May 31, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Policy over Politics. Well said. Good work.

  • Reply C.L. Holt June 1, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Obama care is Horrible, care in England in Canada is Horrible. Socialized medicine is Horrible. I use Obama care because I have to. Before Obama care I paid my DR and prescription cost, but now the cost of medicine I have to have insurance.

  • Reply Blair Penny June 6, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Health care is not a right and socialized medicine is horrible. Buying insurance is not health care it's a service

  • Reply Circuit7Active June 7, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Please destroy the planet

  • Reply James Munoz June 12, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Please don't stop putting these types of videos out. We as a country need this type of truth/reminder!……

  • Reply Eporedorix June 28, 2019 at 4:35 am

    Trump has connection to the rich American pharmaceutical companies that are scamming the American people, and links to private health insurance companies, explaining why he probably wouldn’t continue with Obamacare, from a strategic point of view.

    Personally, I like to think that the only reason is that Trump would have preferred a « Trumpcare » than an Obama one, just for fun.

  • Reply Richard Salmon July 3, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Y'all Republican wussies voted a clown in the office, now you're complaining about the show that he persents to you? Y'all did this to EVERYONE.

  • Reply Luke Jintao Wang July 29, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    If you treat health care like soap opera you get a health care that function like a soap opera.

  • Reply Shana Freedman August 2, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    What happens when you socialize anything- let’s take food for example:
    1. Since you no longer pay for your own food, you take whatever you want- no matter how expensive, Bc you aren’t paying
    2. Since the consumer doesn’t care about prices, corporations/businesses can put the price wherever they want
    3. Government has to pick the cheapest food companies to subsidize, Bc they don’t have money for everything
    4. The quality goes down (Bc there is no competition)
    5. Gov’t goes bankrupt
    6. Ppl have bad quality food and no government to pay for it
    **you can substitute the food analogy for anything 🙂 say… healthcare 🙂

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