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HEALTH: Article fits TNT political agenda

Letter by Dean Haner, Puyallup on April 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm with 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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  1. It is what papers do and at least they did give you a back page as opposed to what one gets from FOX.

  2. “Despite the rebates, consumers still face steeply rising insurance premiums.”

    Heck, it’s a start. At least more of your insurance premium is paying for actual health care and not insurance company profit and overhead.

  3. took14theteam says:

    It is what papers do and at least they did give you a back page as opposed to what one gets from CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS….

    Glad to see you make your appearance out of the shadows to spout your tripe for a while. Then you will disappear for a month or so and come back and do it again.

  4. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Pawl- what is the profit margin on health insurance? Do you know?

  5. funny, I have been feeling that the TNT has been leaning way to the right with so many articles lately about Christianity or the military and printing an awful lot of opinion letters and political columns from the conservative POV.

    potato, potata.

    and, team: everyone knows that only FOX is unbiased, fair and balanced and ALL others are lamestream media. LOL. EYEROLL.

  6. RLangdon says:

    The ONLY truly Fair and Balanced news shows on TV are The Daily Show with John Stewart and The Colbert Report with Steven Colbert. Forget the rest.

  7. Pacman33 says:

    ct7 asks –
    “Pawl- what is the profit margin on health insurance? Do you know?”

    He doesn’t know, nor does he care. The left and pawl are content blowing smoke up everybody’s rear so all can be collectively clueless. For those who don’t eat up pawl’s fallacy hook-line-&-sinker and would like to be informed:
    http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2011/industries/223/index.html

    Then how these evil and massive profits impact the big picture:
    http://blogs-images.forbes.com/aroy/files/2011/03/insurer-profits.jpg

    For those who refuse to inform themselves, before spreading the lunacy of evil “for-profit insurers”, ask yourself one question:
    Q) Why is there virtually no difference between cost of plans between for-profit and non-profit insurers?
    A)Because the only difference between the two is that for-profit insurers make their profit by investing funds collected from premiums in the stock market.

  8. National Health Care is the Signature Obama Wealth Transfer.

    He told us that he would transfer wealth when he ran for office.

    When we start listing to him and believe what he says.

  9. kluwer says:

    “what is the profit margin on health insurance?”

    Pawl didn’t say anything about their profit, what he did say is more of the ‘premium’ will be going to health care.
    You do know the difference don’t you?

  10. Kluwer- I think you need to re-read Pawl’s comment.

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