The snoozing watchdog

Where were the media in the run-up to the Obamacare disaster?

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Watergate may have been American journalism’s finest hour. It was the profession’s zenith in its sacred role of holding the powerful accountable to the American people.

What we have been witnessing of late, however, may be American journalism’s lowest point. Ever.

It is inarguable that this country is diving head-first into a health-care reform law that most folks, including our leaders, don’t understand, and which has already caused much unnecessary turmoil at great expense.

And when the Oct. 1 deadline for the Obamacare website launch rolled around, everyone seemed surprised that it wasn’t even close to being ready.

Why? Where have the national news media been? Why didn’t they ever get on top of this massive shift in American life, and stay on top of explaining it? Why didn’t they do a better job of educating the public? Of watchdogging the government? Of warning both officialdom and the public of the looming website crisis, as well as the fact that millions of Americans would be getting their insurance canceled due to changes in the federal law?

The watchdog was snoozing.

Now, belatedly, some news outlets are covering the mass insurance cancellations – based on information they could have gotten months if not years ago.

In addition, even with the onset of the crises, many in the news media have, instead of focusing on the problems, tried to minimize them.

Liberal columnist Clarence Page, for instance, gaily admits that President Obama “probably” lied when he told us we could keep our existing insurance in any event. Yet, a chortling Page gives the president a pass, adding, “But that’s one of those political lies.”

So that makes it OK?

The Washington Post could only manage a milquetoast statement that the insurance cancellations many Americans are receiving “appear to contradict President Obama’s promise ...” Really? It’s just the appearance of a contradiction?

CNN’s Joe Johns would only say President Obama’s misleading and broken promise “might have been an oversell.”

Even NBC News – which broke the story that administration documents showed as early as 2010 that millions would lose their insurance under Obamacare – seemed embarrassed by the revelation, burying it in a less-than-half-minute segment. It was half a minute more than other networks spent on it, though.

Then, after a grueling, embarrassing day of outrageous and pathetic congressional testimony Wednesday by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, some news outlets seemed to think it was old news by Thursday.

If Woodward and Bernstein had been that irresolute, there never would’ve been a Watergate.

If Obamacare fails America, the lion’s share of the blame must rest with Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of the Democrats who shoved it down our throats.

But a good portion of the blame would no doubt attach to a news media that – perhaps to protect the wizard behind it – never showed much interest in pulling back the curtain.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/01/13 - 04:19 am
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How Do You Like Me Now

Ted Cruz should pick up a guitar and sing the Toby Keith song, "How do you like me now?" Did he try to tell the country or what?

carcraft
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carcraft 11/01/13 - 05:48 am
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As I think back over events

As I think back over events that transpired during this President's term it seems that all sorts of warnings were missed. When Max Bacchus, the head of the Senate Finance Committee, co-author of the health care law and a DEMOCRAT said that it was going to be a disaster the press ignored him. There were many other warnings but the press simply didn't want to embarrass the President (he wasn't a Republican) so the LIBERAL MAIN STREAM MEDIA IGNORED OBAMA AND HS LIES. Well the 5 to 15 million that are losing their insurance as a result of this miserable law called the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT or OBAMA CARE is only the tip of the iceberg! It seems that next year up to 96 million who have their insurance through their small business employers are going to lose their insurance. There is actually a several thousand page memo that details all this and it has been IGNORED!!! So when the Liberals, the left and their lying apologists tell you it is only a small fraction that are losing their insurance it is a flat out lie! Either they are lying or ignorant of the true scope of the law. I try to follow this stuff and I was blind sided. Now most of my sources on this are FOX news. The other news net works simply aren't reporting it. BUT you can look it up on the government memo if you wish to discredit FOX NEWS! The government memo has been accurate on it's forecast has been Max Baccus!

ymnbde
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ymnbde 11/01/13 - 07:13 am
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Of all the vowels in all the alphabets

in all the languages in the world,
O walks into theirs.
and they wonder and hope
that the thrill up their leg
is up his too
but just wait for H!
o H yes!
but by the way,
how many associated press storied were printed
in this paper today?
have you investigated how the "inclusion" movement
in Columbia county elementary schools
is working out?
have you noticed a discrepancy in the education levels
of black children vs white children?
the crime rates of section 8'ed areas?
lots of things here to investigate...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/01/13 - 07:17 am
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Where were their heads? hah

Right up somebody's backside...& it stays there 95% of the time....a little too late is the song Toby Keith should sing....imo.

Ted Cruz is NO Toby.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOd2NuHgwew

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/01/13 - 07:55 am
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The only people who won't be

The only people who won't be complaining about the ACA are those who don't work. If you work you pay a significant fraction even with a subsidy. Everyone who works will pay higher taxes too. The ACA is a great program to get people out of work and wards of the state, because rather than work to support them I'd just as soon become a ward=free food, free health care, free education-dang great deal. I meant think about it-a family of four making 45K will have to pay half of the $7,400/year premiums and that doesn't address deductibles.

deestafford
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deestafford 11/01/13 - 08:14 am
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Ain't it funny.

Ain't it funny how when asked what got them into journalism so many respond that it was the Watergate investigation and they too wanted to do something to make a difference and they now have numerous "Watergate" opportunities and they let them go by?

Of course, the days of getting into journalism to report the news have been long gone. They do it now to put forward their views of how things ought to be not how they are.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 11/01/13 - 08:34 am
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The news media has been

The news media has been covering it constantly. What they haven't told everyone is that the policies that are getting cancelled were grandfathered in. They could have been left just as they were. It's the greed of the insurance companies that's leading to the cancellations. Of course you would never read the truth in the Chronicle. Not if they can try to blame Obama. The web site mess should have been fixed. Even though it was PRIVATE COMPANIES that were doing the work, they should have seen that it wasn't ready and held off on the start up. Would the Chronicle like to retroactively list and criticize other administrations for every problem caused by private contractors? There have been quite a few and they should be prepared to stay quite busy. Haliburton alone should take a while. In the meantime, at least lay the blame where it is really due, on the greed of the private insurance companies. They can make more money dumping people and rewriting policies, just like they did before the ACA, so they are taking full advantage of it. In hindsight, it should have been banned by the law, but that would have been just one more regulation on the poor insurance companies wouldn't it?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/01/13 - 08:33 am
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Bod the govt did the same

Bod the govt did the same thing with the mortgage crisis-create the legal constraints on the private banking industry which drove their actions. Then the govt blames the banks. Like setting fire to a building and saying the fire did it not me. The govt created the environment the private insurance companies are complying with-didn't your cancellation letter explain it's because the ACA. Even back in 2010 NBC reported that the majority of those privately insured will be cancelled and have to be ACA compliant. The insurance companies wouldn't be doing any of this if not for Obama. The govt could be dong some positive things with price control and pharmaceuticals, etc but adopted an insane strategy that will kill and reduce health care. Bundling payments is a major problem with Medicaid. Medicare, which people paid into, was robbed to expand Medicaid for the moochers. The only people who won't be paying more for health care are the poor who don't work. It was cheaper just to let them abuse the emergency room-which is what they are going to do. Studies indicate those who get free health care are more prone to demand specialist and go to the emergency room. Those problems will persist.

teaparty
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teaparty 11/01/13 - 10:08 am
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Bod said, 'It's the greed of
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Bod said, 'It's the greed of the insurance companies that's leading to the cancellations.'
Once more you repeat the lies that is being spread by the left-wing. The reason insurance companies are raising the prices is because Obamacare is forcing them to add things that was not covered before. Like maternity (thanks CG) benefits for 60 year old women.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/01/13 - 08:36 am
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What did the govt expect for

What did the govt expect for insurance companies to start serving steak for hamburger prices. When govt mandates a bunch of new services and now pre-existing conditions (often with costly problems) you would have to expect prices to go up. Obama acting incredulous that the insurance companies are not playing along is absurd. You can bet the Congress and govt will always protect their interest so why would they not expect insurance companies to follow.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/01/13 - 12:33 pm
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" What they haven't told
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" What they haven't told everyone is that the policies that are getting cancelled were grandfathered in."

Incorrect, and untrue. The only one's that are grandfathered in are the ones that meet the standards of the ACA. But if it makes you feel better to continue a statement that is not true, like the President does, then feel free.

carcraft
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carcraft 11/01/13 - 08:41 am
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Teaparty I do believe that is

Teaparty I do believe that is maternity benefits ! Why does a healthy 20 something need preventative care? Oh never mind BIG BROTHER says we need it so shut up and buy! Welcome to kommunist states of America!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/01/13 - 08:45 am
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" at least lay the blame
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" at least lay the blame where it is really due, on the greed of the private insurance companies."

If YOU owned a business, and you were told that you have to provied MORE product, but could not charge more, even if that meant you lose money, I assume you would happily comply? Not to mention, you are completly wrong about the grandfathering. The Insurance companies could only grandfather policies that covered the things that the ACA said it had to cover. If your policy did not cover maternity care, then your policy had to be cancelled.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 11/01/13 - 08:56 am
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A grandfathered plan has to

A grandfathered plan has to follow some of the same rules other plans do under the ACA. For example, the plans cannot impose lifetime limits on how much health care coverage people may receive, and they must offer dependent coverage for young adults until age 26 (although until 2014, a grandfathered group plan does not have to offer such coverage if a young adult is eligible for coverage elsewhere). They also cannot retroactively cancel your coverage because of a mistake you made when applying, a practice known as a rescission.

However, there are many rules grandfathered plans do not have to follow. For example, they are not required to provide preventive care without cost-sharing. In addition, they do not have to offer a package of "essential health benefits" that individual and small group plans must offer beginning in 2014. (Large employer plans are not required to offer the essential benefits package even if they are not grandfathered.)

Furthermore, grandfathered individual plans – the policies you purchase yourself, rather than through work – can still impose annual dollar limits, such as capping key benefits at $750,000 in a given year. Grandfathered individual policies also can still lock out children under 19 if they have a pre-existing conditions.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/01/13 - 09:00 am
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In order to be grandfathered

In order to be grandfathered all health plans must:

-End lifetime limits on coverage
-End arbitrary cancellations of health coverage
-Cover adult children up to age 26
-Provide a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC), a short, easy-to-understand summary of what a plan covers and costs
-Hold insurance companies accountable to spend your premiums on health care, not administrative costs and bonuses
Now what fraction of existing insurance complies with this? Any?
All in all, more than half of employer-sponsored plans will lose their “grandfather status” and become illegal. According to the Congressional Budget Office, 156 million Americans—more than half the population—was covered by employer-sponsored insurance in 2013.
The 5% the media touts is just private insurance but we see employer-based programs too.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/01/13 - 09:00 am
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So Bod, you are admitting
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So Bod, you are admitting that the plans as they were, were NOT grandfathered in, unless the insurance company gave them MORE coverage at the same price. I hope you don't run a business, because if you think it's ok for the Government to impose rules that force you to operate at a loss, you won't be in business long....since you seem to think making a profit makes you greedy. Personally I think those who think the insurance companies should provide you more coverage at THEIR cost are the greedy ones.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/01/13 - 09:13 am
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Next year "all insurance" has

Next year "all insurance" has to be ACA compliant. Right now I doubt there is any that is already ACA compliant. Next year all employers will send their employees your insurance has been cancelled due to the ACA. Because employer-based insurance isn't immune.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/01/13 - 09:18 am
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Great arguments Bod against

Great arguments Bod against the ACA. Keep up the good work. It is bad and everyones cost will go up with their "new benefits". Obama is an idiot and it would take an idiot to believe anything the mans says because he is a bone fide liar.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/01/13 - 09:21 am
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I'm sure I will enjoy my new
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I'm sure I will enjoy my new prostate preventative health coverage.

deestafford
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deestafford 11/01/13 - 09:27 am
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Ol' Bod is like a run away train going down a steep grade...

nothing, to include facts, can get in his way and prevent him from his final destination.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/01/13 - 09:41 am
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Woman have glands homologous

Woman have glands homologous to man's prostate called the Skene's glands on the G spot. It produces secretions similar to prostatic fluids. I wouldn't want to "prevent" nothing there.

carcraft
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carcraft 11/01/13 - 09:59 am
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Oh, and Bod, once the plans

Oh, and Bod, once the plans are changed to comply they are considered new plans and can't be grand fathered ! Welcome to Obama's Orwellian fantasy land !

carcraft
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carcraft 11/01/13 - 10:01 am
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Bizkit It my understanding as

Bizkit It my understanding as I mentioned earlier that up 96 million may lose their employer based insurance!

dahreese
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dahreese 11/01/13 - 10:48 am
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"I try to follow this stuff
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"I try to follow this stuff and I was blind sided. Now most of my sources on this are FOX news."

If that's the best you can do, that's the best you can do. No apology necessary.

Admittedly there are some things going wrong about the ACA. There's no question about that.

However, this editorial is just another one-sided ink spot and the usual are falling for, and fawning all over it.

"how many associated press storied were printed
in this paper today?"

When's the last time an editorial written by a liberal writer was printed?

These editorials are written for a particular base, and that base is on here - without questions.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/01/13 - 10:50 am
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When you elect an incompetent

When you elect an incompetent president who appoints incompetent department heads, all of whom are compulsive liars and hard core socialist liberals.....Obamacare is what you get.

Just remember....the Republicans told you so. They told you so before this garbage was rammed down our throats and they have been telling you so ever since. The Democrats LIED consistently before and after passing this bill "so we can find out what is in the bill". They KNEW most people would eventually lose their existing insurance. Wait until next year about this time when ALL of the BUSINESSES drop their employee coverage or start DOUBLING or TRIPLING the amount of employee contribution.

I'm hate to tell the American public this, but they have JUST BEEN LIED INTO THE BIGGEST TAX INCREASE ON THE MIDDLE CLASS IN THE HISTORY OF THIS NATION. AND THE DEMOCRATS DID IT TO YOU AND THE REPUBLICANS TRIED AND TRIED TO WARN YOU. The stupidity of the American people is just unbelievable.

teaparty
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teaparty 11/01/13 - 11:06 am
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"The stupidity of the
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"The stupidity of the American people is just unbelievable."
Sad but true

dahreese
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dahreese 11/01/13 - 11:17 am
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“The reason that plans are
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“The reason that plans are being canceled in the first place is that they don't comply with Obamacare's requirement that they cover 10 categories of care known as essential health benefits.”

What Really Happens To People Whose Insurance Is 'Canceled ...
talkingpointsmemo.com/.../what-happens-to-people-whose-insurance-is-can...

deestafford
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deestafford 11/01/13 - 11:18 am
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There are no liberal editorial writers at the ACE section

because they could not score high enough on the IQ and common sense scales to be allowed into the office much less write something for publication.

KasparHauser
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KasparHauser 11/01/13 - 11:26 am
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Another Explanation...
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... or, writers who are not in the Neanderthal Right Wing sector of the literary professions (the NRW section being the prime CV citation for the ACE membership, apparently) are actually normally functioning adults who can find more gainful employment dealing with the Real World.

(And, that pretty much includes all children who are able to color inside the lines, if not necessarily in a realistic color... )

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/01/13 - 11:34 am
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Thank you Dahreese for giving
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Thank you Dahreese for giving us more rationalization for the bald faced lie that the President told when he said "if you like your insurance, you can keep it...period."

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