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HEALTH: Article fits TNT political agenda

Letter by Dean Haner, Puyallup on April 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm | 10 Comments »
April 30, 2012 2:08 pm

Re: “Health care law to yield $1.3 billion in rebates” (TNT, 4-27).

The article obviously fits the newspaper’s political agenda with headlines and several favorable paragraphs frontloaded so as to encourage the uninformed to feel they are about to receive a windfall if the National Health Care laws is upheld.

In fact, the $1.3 billion would benefit only 15 million consumers, which is a very small percentage of the approximately 360 million people who need health coverage. When you progress to the second half of the article on the back page, all of a sudden the negatives start appearing, including: “Despite the rebates, consumers still face steeply rising insurance premiums.”

Another example is a paragraph referring to the 9 percent increase in premium costs stating, “That has fueled criticism of the new law for not doing enough to control health care costs.”

Newspapers should be in the business of printing the actual importance of the article in a fair and balanced manner, not shaping the slant of the article to fit their particular political point of view.

Unfortunately, headlines are written knowing that many readers accept them as the full meaning of the story when they are really a sales tool which sway the opinion of the uninformed.

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