Letter to the Editor

ACA misinformation

San Luis ObispoNovember 6, 2013 

I believe the recent series of letters crying foul over alleged Obamacare-induced “sticker-shock” represent a serious case of journalistic malpractice on The Tribune’s part. The letters in question are filled with ill-informed, incomplete half-truths at best (and bald-faced lies at worst), and if The Tribune really values its role as a communicator of information, it is incumbent upon its staff to verify any claims made prior to printing what amounts to inflammatory disinformation.

The debate about the Affordable Care Act is a complex and controversial topic to be sure, and people are poorly served by letters presented as fact when they’ve plainly failed to fully investigate the inner workings of this landmark legislation. We are already learning from other media sources that nightmarish claims about policy cancellations, skyrocketing premiums, congressional exemptions, union opposition, impacts on small businesses, etc., are for the most part deceptive, specious, partisan and wrong.

With so much at stake, I would encourage The Tribune to fully vet any letters making claims about the impact of Obamacare, because any assertion that a low-income policyholder will have to pay $689 per month “before insurance pays a dime” is so clearly mistaken as to be utterly worthless.

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