Media Putting a More Positive Spin on Obamacare

Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 11:46 AM

By Courtney Coren

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The media is starting to put a more positive spin on the Obamacare rollout as news sources begin to tout more success stories resulting from the new health care law.

The New York Times and Los Angeles Times reported a surge in enrollment in November, primarily in states that have their own exchange systems set up, and more reports are starting to surface of Americans who are getting cheaper and better insurance policies than what they previously had, the Christian Science Monitor also reported.

The Monitor suggests that the shift may be media-led.

"Reporters (and the public) get tired of all the wall-to-wall negativity, and to keep interest up, seek happy stories for a change of pace," The Monitor noted.

In an effort to promote the struggling health care law, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gave Families USA a $1.1 million grant in early October for the purpose of finding and distributing Obamacare success stories to the media. Families USA is a non-profit group that promotes "affordable health care for all Americans" and often referred to as an "independent" group by media outlets, CapitolCityProject.com reported.

The Obama Administration is also making a concerted effort to promote Obamacare successes across the country, such as the recent announcement that seniors already have prescription drug savings of about $8.9 billion due to Obamacare.

According to The Washington Post, Senate Democrats were sent off on their Thanksgiving recess with a memo written by the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee to counteract the Republican narrative on Obamacare by finding and publicizing any success stories they can "so that people can see the law is delivering on its promise."

The true test to the change of pace in Obamacare reporting will come Nov. 30 when the HealthCare.gov insurance exchange website that services 36 states is supposed to be "fixed" and operating more smoothly than it did on its disastrous launch day Oct. 1.

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