Q: Thank you for the informative coverage of the coming health care offerings on Midday News. Since one-third of Texans are not insured we need all the help you can offer. Thank goodness emergency rooms will no longer have to be the fall back position for health issues, might I add, at the taxpayers’ expense.
Q: The noon news gave one side to the story on “Obamacare” (Affordable Care Act). As a public news source, you should give both sides to the story! For example, tell where the subsidies come from and what is the true cost? What is excluded? Who decides on treatments? What are the differences between Obamacare and what is available to politicians?
Q: Very disappointed that a jerk was allowed to say incorrect and derogatory info on how affordable and great the healthcare plan is. He does not know what he is talking about. There is so much more to the costs.
A: No shortage of thoughts from viewers on the Affordable Car Act, AKA “Obamacare.” However, our role is to report, not make qualitative judgments.
WFAA medical reporter Janet St. James and the rest of our news staff have done an exhaustive job reporting the story and doing our best to explain the various options. For example, September 25 on the 4pm newscast, we brought in a Blue Cross-Blue Shield official to walk through information and do our best to explain details. As Janet explained, there are more than 50-plus plans available, so giving every single detail in the context of a 1-hour or half hour newscast is a tall order. The following day we welcomed a Parkland official to talk with News 8 anchor Shon Gables. In both cases we made information available, or hopefully easier to understand.
We have interviewed many, many people on this issue. We spoke with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins for his take (http://www.wfaa.com/news/texas-news/County-Judge-Obamacare-rates-in-Dallas-lower-than-expected-225338152.html); U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in Texas this week; and many others for information about the plan. We’ll stay at it, and also provide as much information on the web as we can to help our viewers understand their options.