Thursday, October 31, 2013

Massive media fail: Health care horror stories

Exactly one honest piece on the Memeorandum right now debunking the embarrassing clickbaiting about Obamacare cancellations. The majority are rife with disgracefully negligent coverage of cherrypicked whiners whose phony horror stories will most probably be debunked within hours. You want facts these days, you have to go to the honest journos like Steve Benen who exposes the media malpractice of the Clickbait Corps.
Bartiromo didn’t follow up with the guest, so Michael Hiltzik did. He discovered that Deborah Cavallaro has a pretty awful health plan, which costs $293 a month in premiums, along with a deductible of $5,000 a year and a limit of two doctor visits a year, each of which come with a $40 copay. If she sees her physician more than twice, she’s responsible for 100% of the costs.

Under “Obamacare,” she can sign up for a “silver” coverage plan for $333 a month with a vastly reduced deductible and no limits on the number of times she’s able to see her doctor. She can also sign up for a “bronze” plan and pay as little as $194 a month. She’d have the same deductible she has now, but she’d save on premiums and have no limits on the number of visits.
Any so called reporter who doesn't start with the specifics about policies being cancelled in their lede is simply a disgrace to the formerly proud profession of journalism. They are many. The honest are few. This is why we can't have an informed electorate.

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