MSNBC host Chris Hayes has apparently had enough of the lame stories on people in the individual healthcare markets who’ve received cancellation notices in recent days from their providers. So he has come up with a caveat spectator presentation called “A viewer’s Guide to Obamacare media coverage.”
Nice framing there. The piece essentially shames CNBC, CBS News and Fox News for pushing storylines that don’t tell the whole picture on the Obamacare rollout. Given that such coverage is likely to continue, Hayes suggests questions that viewers should consider: When reporting on rising premiums under Obamacare, does the story mention whether the person qualifies for subsidies? When reporting on people changing plans against their will, does the story compare the coverage of the plans? And when reporting on actions by insurance companies, does the story take those companies’ representations at “face value”?
On that last front, TPM’s Dylan Scott has delivered some important reporting: “Across the country, insurance companies have sent misleading letters to consumers, trying to lock them into the companies’ own, sometimes more expensive health insurance plans rather than let them shop for insurance and tax credits on the Obamacare marketplaces…”