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The Obamacare Tales

November 7, 2013

It was only a matter of time before I talked about it.

Perhaps the most heated topic in politics among Americans today is that of the Affordable Care Act, more affectionately known as Obamacare.

This screen capture shows the huge amount of coverage given to Obamacare by FOX News.

This screen capture shows the huge amount of coverage given to Obamacare by FOX News.

Since being placed into law in March 2010, the debate over Obamacare has been one of the most contentious throughout the country. It even led to the United States Federal Government being shut down for two weeks. It was even referenced at this week’s Country Music Awards.

After the launch of the new Obamacare website, there were a multitude of problems, most of which included the site crashing because of the frequency with which Americans were accessing it. Now that the site is more stable, but not yet completely bug-free, more issues have arisen from Obamacare.

There have been many “horror stories” about individuals who have lost their health coverage or who have had to settle for pricier insurance plans because of Obamacare. However, an investigative report done by CNN has revealed that many of these stories are just stories. This journalist argues that the Republicans are attempting to make Obamacare sound worse than it actually is, and has discovered these stories to be “mythical.”

However, recent comments made by President Obama have drawn the ire of both sides of the aisle. While originally stating that individuals would be able to keep their prior insurance plans even after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, the President now said that you can keep your plan, as long as it wasn’t changed under Obamacare.

News outlets on all sides have been equally critical of this latest development in an ongoing saga of stories about healthcare. FOX News has outlined how the White House website and the President are now offering differing information about Obamacare. This video from CNN shows frustrations about the President’s changing message.

It was interesting to me, however, to see the representation of this topic on the websites of the two networks I referenced. On CNN, I had to scroll pretty far down on the main page in order to even find a story about Obamacare. However, as you can see in the picture above, the FOX website is almost entirely covered with stories about the issue.

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