Forward Progressives — Obamacare: The New Terrifying Truth You Must See to Believe
Where are the stories of the millions of people who are paying less for health insurance? Where are the people who have successfully purchased health insurance for the first time in their lives? What about the thousands who’ve gotten coverage through the Medicaid expansions and the millions who won’t have access to health insurance because Republicans have refused to expand Medicaid coverage in their states?
See, none of those are “sexy” stories. They don’t get the “shock value” that stories about the healthcare.gov website issues generate.
For me, the coverage of “Obamacare” defines the phrase “beating a dead horse.” Not that the Affordable Care Act is a dead horse, but that the issues that have plagued the rollout have been reported on plenty of times—for weeks. The website is being worked on and President Obama has said that he’s extending the deadline for insurance plans to meet the ACA requirements for at least another year.
And don’t even call me biased on this issue. I’ve been an open critic of the way the rollout of Obamacare has gone thus far. I’ve called it an absolute embarrassment and a disaster that solely rests on the shoulders of President Obama and his administration.
That being said, the media coverage has massively overblown the issues for the sake of ratings. Yes, the website’s failures are inexcusable, but the administration has said they’re being addressed and should be mostly fixed by the end of November. What good does it do to continue pounding on the fact that the website isn’t working (yet) when that situation has been addressed and a plan has been laid out to solve those issues?