During his daily coronavirus press briefing on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence told a blatant lie about insurance covering the full cost of tests for the virus, and was quickly called out by a health reporter for the New York Times.

Specifically, Pence asserted that the Department of Health and Human Services had designated coronavirus tests as an “essential health benefit” and were therefore required to be covered by all private health insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid.

But as Margot Sanger-Katz of the Times noted, “That doesn’t make sense.” And she then carefully destroyed Pence’s statements point by point on Twitter:

Granted, the vice president may simply have misspoken or not had all of the data when he declared that insurance would cover tests for coronavirus, but given this administration’s propensity for being less than honest with everything they say and do, it’s just as likely that Pence was trying to pass off bogus information in an attempt to keep people calm. Or, as another Twitter user noted:.

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