Koch-Funded Think Tank Linked to George Mason University Is Now Pretending It's Not Part of George Mason University - 2018-09-19

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F0.png Koch-Funded Think Tank Linked to George Mason University Is Now Pretending It's Not Part of George Mason University September 19, 2018, David Dayen, The Intercept

This past Sunday, when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was interviewed on CNN's "State of the Union," Jake Tapper quizzed her about the cost to the government of "Medicare for all," pegged at more than $30 trillion over a 10-year period. CNN's chyron told viewers the research came from three sources: George Mason University, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the Congressional Budget Office.

The George Mason paper touched off controversy when it was released in July, because buried in the findings was an estimate that the $32.6 trillion price tag would also result in a $2 trillion savings over national expenditures on health care, relative to the status quo. Designed to create sticker shock for "Medicare for All," instead the study, produced by the Mercatus Center, which bills itself as part of George Mason, inadvertently proved a point of progressive supporters of single payer.

The Mercatus Center, which gets most of its funding from foundations like the Koch family foundations, scrambled to dispute its own finding. Working paper author Charles Blahous argued that an alternative scenario he constructed using higher provider payment rates (which, by definition, costs more money) is actually the correct one. This makes no sense, since "Medicare for All" is based on Medicare rates. But fact-checking organizations largely took Blahous's side, while making factual errors over and over again and attributing incorrect statements to "Medicare for All" supporters.

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{{cite news | first = David | last = Dayen | title = Koch-Funded Think Tank Linked to George Mason University Is Now Pretending It's Not Part of George Mason University | url = https://theintercept.com/2018/09/19/the-mercatus-center-is-a-part-of-george-mason-university-until-its-not/ | work = The Intercept | date = September 19, 2018 | accessdate = July 22, 2021 }}