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Continued: Obamacare: The best-covered story that remains a mystery

  • Article by: BY TRUDY LIEBERMAN
  • Last update: October 12, 2013 - 4:40 PM


Going forward, Obamacare becomes three distinct stories: the consumer story that helps people buy a very complicated product; the business story that comes with myriad questions about how the law will actually work, and the ongoing political story that gets at Altman’s point about wealth redistribution and who will support those who cannot pay for their medical care. But to tell all these stories well, to better explain to the public what Obamacare does and does not do (and why, and how), reporters must go beyond what the politicians and other stakeholders are talking about. Every time.


Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, where this article first appeared. Follow her on Twitter: @Trudy_Lieberman.


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