Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

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  1. Perry says:

    $500K grant to help script writers embed positive ObamaCare messages into TV shows.

    I can just see it now, ” Now, dancing the Obamacare, I mean Samba, Derek and Amber”!!

    • Rutledge says:

      “Why try to get your public health message into fictional story lines?”

      Because nonfiction would be a horror story.

      • Jackson says:

        Besides, if you write a story in which Obamacare gives perfect coverage and service to all, then there is no threat of characters actually being harmed. After all, the Obamacare doctor will simply patch them up again for free!

        How boring is that!

      • Connor says:

        do you get the 2pm uninsured feeling? Try Obamacare!

    • Brian Williams. says:

      It must be worse than we thought if the Obama Administration is copying Joe Camel.

      This is an old trick the tobacco industry used to play to convince people to use a product that kills 400,000 customers a year.

    • Susan says:

      Sounds like propaganda to me.

  2. Wilbur says:

    “White House gift shop goes bankrupt.”

    From the examples of products they give in the story, I’m not surprised. It’s a lot of crap.

  3. Billy says:

    “9 insurers leave Nebraska; only 4 left in the exchange.”

    Soon there will only be one and we’ll have a good, old-fashioned government monopoly.

  4. Bob Hertz says:

    The issue about United Health Care is worth pursuing.

    The headline is somewhat misleading. United Health Care did not employ these doctors, so it could not literally fire them.

    What it did was to tell the docs that they were no longer considered ‘in network.’ A senior can still go see them any day of the week, but they may have to pay more to do so.

    I noticed this somewhat careless use of headlines during the HMO debates 15 years ago. People were complaining that their HMO was banning them from seeing their regular doctor. What in fact was happening was that the HMO and the doctor could not agree on a fee, so therefore the patient had to pay out of pocket for an office visit.

    I find this overall somewhat harmless. There can be a problem regarding emergency care in hospitals, when non-network care can cost thousands, but this can be cured by rather small regulations such as exist in Colorado and California already.