The Keith Hansen opinion on Wednesday, June 5th
had a headline attributed to CNBC: “Two-thirds of uninsured won’t be
able to afford ACA insurance.”
Later, in the article, he wrote
“68 percent of low-income Americans aren’t sure they qualify for tax
credits that would subsidize their cost of health insurance. This
despite the fact that they will, most certainly, qualify.”
This is not what the headline implied.
the headlines meant to mislead those who skim through the paper, but
then the real story is included in smaller type to lay claim to honesty?
The remainder of the opinion article was a good blend of what people believe and what the facts are.
as readers, need to take the time to read, and think, about the
information the media present to us. Incomplete soundbites and
misleading headlines don’t help.
I would like to add to the
opinion’s ending: “In short, it’s cheaper to pay the penalty than
purchase insurance at an inflated rate” … and I would add … although it
is more expensive to pay an unnecessary penalty if you do qualify for
subsidized insurance. Moving from the individual’s situation to
America’s problem with the high cost of medicine, it is definitely more
expensive for all of us since we get to pay when the uninsured go to
the emergency room.