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Krugman criticizes Blue Cross of N.C.

Paul Krugman is taking Blue Cross to task.

The liberal New York Times columnist harshly criticized Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina over reports it plans to run a series of ads attacking health care reform.

According to reports in the Washington Post and the N&O, the ads show Americans being prevented from choosing their doctor and forced to wait months by government bureaucrats, though Krugman says many HMO's already do that.

"“We can do a lot better than a government-run health care system,” says a voice-over in one of the ads. To which the obvious response is, if that’s true, why don’t you? Why deny Americans the chance to reject government insurance if it’s really that bad?

Krugman argues that none of the plans currently being discussed would force people into a government-run health care plan.

The ads were prepared by Capstrat, a Raleigh public relations firm.


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Re: Krugman criticizes Blue Cross of N.C.

Krugman argues that none of the plans currently being discussed would force people into a government-run health care plan.

The above is an example of crappy reporting. By using the contsruction "Krugman argues..." you do a disservice to your readers. If I'm uninformed on the topic at hand, I come away from this blog post thinking that one side says X, the other side says Y. I walk away from this piece of reporting no better-informed than when I started my day.

A good reporter would instead have written, "None of the plans currently being discussed would force people into a government-run health care plan." This is an unarguable fact. Such a statement from the reporter would leave his readers with a better understanding of the issues.

Instead, your readers are forced to choose sides between the Corporation or the Liberal, and nobody leaves any better off than when we started.

I'm sorry, but this is a huge pet peeve of mine. If somebody is making a factual claim that is verifiable, do some freaking reporting and figure out who is right! Tell your readers!

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