Nope, she didn’t say it

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

News alert: Po­lit­i­cal news web­sites may not al­ways be 100% ac­cu­rate.

Af­ter Mod­ern­Health­care.com re­ported that, dur­ing an April 16 speech at the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal Group As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence, oph­thal­mol­o­gist-turned-politi­cian Rep. Nan Hay­worth (R-N.Y.) said she never uses the term “Oba­macare,” (bit.ly/l0cTiP) an as­tute reader sent in a com­ment cit­ing a March 28 Hay­worth quote from the con­ser­va­tive Newsmax web­site in which the fresh­man con­gress­woman re­port­edly said, “We have leg­is­la­tion that will not just de­fund Oba­macare, but re­place it with some­thing that works for the Amer­i­can peo­ple.”

Out­liers looked it up, and that’s what the ar­ti­cle says. But then Out­liers lis­tened to the video that ac­com­pa­nied the ar­ti­cle. Then we lis­tened again. (Giv­ing a boost to the video’s “views” num­ber, from 42 to 44, ac­cord­ing to YouTube.) We never heard Hay­worth say “Oba­macare,” al­though the host in­ter­view­ing her said it sev­eral times.

Hay­worth spokesman Nathaniel Sillin was diplo­matic. He says it was prob­a­bly the re­sult of a “tran­scrib­ing er­ror,” be­cause he con­firmed that the con­gress­woman never uses the term and in­structs her staff to do like­wise due to its “pe­jo­ra­tive” tone.

“I’ve worked for her for six months, and I’ve never heard her use it once,” Sillin says. “She fre­quently rep­ri­mands the staff if they do be­cause it’s not pro­duc­tive.” Sillin adds that Hay­worth usu­ally doesn’t have nice things to say about the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Affordable Care Act, but she never calls it “Oba­macare” while she’s crit­i­ciz­ing it.

Hay­worth may not like the ACA, but she draws a line.

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