Is Obamacare on the rebound? Media turn to positive stories.

by Linda Feldmann, CSMonitor.com
November 27, 2013


Bit by bit, the media narrative around the travails of Obamacare and its main enrollment vehicle, HealthCare.gov, is starting to look up. Or to put it more precisely, it is no longer so crushingly negative.

After weeks of stories about website crashes and canceled health plans – and an extraordinary mea culpa from President Obama – a competing story line is starting to emerge. Slowly but surely, people are navigating the exchanges and getting insurance – for some, cheaper and better than what they had. Last week, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times touted a “surge” in enrollment figures, especially in states that have their own exchanges.

This week, a Washington Post story described almost an Obamacare nirvana – people in rural Kentucky lining up and getting coverage, some for the first time in their lives.

Part of this wave of positive stories may be a media effect: Reporters (and the public) get tired of all the wall-to-wall negativity, and to keep interest up, seek out happy stories for a change of pace.

The Obama administration has also ramped up its public relations efforts on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), going around the national media and directly into local markets. On Tuesday, the administration announced that seniors saved $8.9 billion on prescription drugs thanks to the ACA. And Democratic senators have headed off for Thanksgiving with marching orders: Find and publicize the ACA success stories. At the very least, say Democrats, they need to counter the Republican message machine and story-gathering.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • ladyceo says:

    These positives cannot override the millions of cancellations that have happened and are coming. The prez STILL lied about keeping your plan, doctor and lowering costs by 2500/family! Don’t be so stupid as to believe Obamacare is a great idea! And aren’t most of these people signing up for Medicaid???

    1. awegweiser says:

      Did you even bother to look at the long list of improvements over the crap system we have now before responding to the automatic and mindless”anything and everything Obama”, needs to be blocked?- and in this case – flat out and open attempts at deliberate sabotage by GOP/TeaParty elements.

  • Hank says:

    The media supports their own love Obama and will twist any coverage to his benefit and as progressives believe in government control of their lives and outcomes of their lives. They beleive in kissing up to authority and receiving the toady rewards of sycophants is the Smart way to live.

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