Dropped Coverage...


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It seems the MSM dropped coverage of the problems expected to be encountered so far in the boondoggle we call "Affordable" Health Care. There has been coverage of the website failure...after the fact. However, the MSM knew as well as the administration did that there would be problems.

I predict that now that the White House has said that the website is operating properly albeit a bit slow, the MSM will drop their coverage of website problems and ignore the fact that things are still not going smoothly...and that MILLIONS of people are losing their policies that Obama promised they could keep!

Dropped*Coverage - Trudy Lieberman - POLITICO Magazine

Nobody could accuse the press of ignoring the fiasco-on-a-server that is HealthCare.gov. The Obamacare website’s woes are dominating coverage on the network news, the cable talk shows, the blogs and, of course, high-octane websites like POLITICO.

But did the press do a good job of covering the Affordable Care Act before the health care exchanges went online—sort of—on Oct. 1? Were we adequately warned of the troubles that were to come? And now that HealthCare.gov’s problems are headline news, is the coverage of it any better?

Sure, one can find a few examples of one news outlet or another warning of impending catastrophe. In March, CQ’s Jane Norman reported that federal health officials were working on “contingency plans” in case the exchanges didn’t work. She quoted two: Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, who said he was “pretty nervous” about the rollout, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official Henry Chao, who said, “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.” A few conservative sites picked up the quotes, as did National Journal a few days later, warning flatly: “Prepare for disaster.”

But a June report by the Government Accountability Office failed to sound the alarm, noting dryly: “Much progress has been made, but much remains to be accomplished within a relatively short amount of time”—and the coverage of it was accordingly muted. POLITICO did note that “IT could end up being health reform’s highest hurdle.” The Washington Post, in August, and the New York Times, in late September, highlighted problems with the state exchanges, but not the more serious internal concerns about HealthCare.gov. Overall, the press was not very prescient, not just about the ACA’s looming tech problems, but also in informing readers and viewers about this admittedly complicated bill’s downstream consequences.

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