Despite Consumer Reports having rebuked conservatives who misconstrued their position on the Healthcare.gov website, Sean Hannity repeated the dishonest spin in order to demonize health care reform anyway.
In regards to the acknowledged bugs in the system, the publication advised still-confused readers to hold off briefly on signing up:
If all this is too much for you to absorb, follow our previous advice: Stay away from Healthcare.gov for at least another month if you can. Hopefully that will be long enough for its software vendors to clean up the mess they've made. The coverage available through the marketplaces won't begin until Jan. 1, 2014, at the earliest, and you have until Dec. 15 to enroll if you need insurance that starts promptly.
Hannity, however, only took four words from their advice: "Stay away from Healthcare.gov!"
During an October 21 rant against the ACA on his Fox News show, Hannity cited that exceprt as evidence that health care reform has been discredited, yelling to guest Ann Coulter, "Consumer Reports, Ann, they're telling people, 'Stay away from the website!"
Needless to say, the people at Consumer Reports were not amused by Hannity's selective editing of their report and have rebuked him again:
Pundits opposed to the new health care law and some media outlets have tried to suggest that our coverage of the troubled HealthCare.gov site means that Consumer Reports has turned against the Affordable Care Act.
Not true. Consistent with our mission to inform and protect consumers, particularly in this complicated health care market, our advice remains the same: The best place to buy coverage on your own is through the Health Insurance Marketplace in your state. That guarantees you will get comprehensive coverage, and it's the only way you can lower the cost of your premiums and possibly even your deductibles and copayments.
Doing that online in most states means registering at and shopping through the federal HealthCare.gov.
Enough, Hannity. You've been trying to pull this crap on your audience on a near-daily basis and have never once gotten away with it. Either cut the crap or move aside and let an adult do the talking.