"Reporting" shouldn't just be parroting
At the LA Times, Michael Hiltzik looks at a woman whose health care plan was cut and who's been on a lot of tv news shows complaining about it.
Surprise! (Not really.) He finds that if she doesn't accept what Anthem Blue Cross tells her, she can in fact replace her pretty crappy, definitely sub-standard plan with a much better one for a small increase over her current premiums, and a somewhat better one for less than her current cost.
It wasn't hard for him to go to California's health exchange and find that out for her.
When she told Channel 4 that "for the first time in my whole life, I will be without insurance," it's hard to understand what she was talking about. (Channel 4 didn't ask.) Better plans than she has now are available for her to purchase today, some of them for less money.Exactly. The story - here or about WMD or civil rights or anything - isn't "what this person says". Because "this person" is often wrong.
The sad truth is that Cavallaro has been very poorly served by the health insurance industry and the news media. It seems that Anthem didn't adequately explain her options for 2014 when it disclosed that her current plan is being canceled. If her insurance brokers told her what she says they did, they failed her. And the reporters who interviewed her without getting all the facts produced inexcusably shoddy work -- from Maria Bartiromo on down. They not only did her a disservice, but failed the rest of us too.