The May 11 front-page article “HHS asking firms for money for Obamacare” was well-written and factual, with the glaring exception of this statement: “The industry official who had knowledge of the calls but did not participate directly in them said there was a clear insinuation by the administration that the insurers should give financially to the nonprofits.”

Since when does citing a source’s personal opinion of second-hand knowledge of an event count as acceptable journalism? Please stick with verifiable facts, especially when reporting on something in which, sadly, partisanship played such a prominent role.

Patricia Leeb, Washington