COMMENTS: Healthcare Reforms

True to form, ABC skipped coverage of the twists and turns of the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Since the federal exchange Website failed to launch at the beginning of October, ABC (20 min v CBS 76, NBC 51) has downplayed the story. Following up on his Exclusive sitdown with Barack Obama on Thursday, NBC's Chuck Todd detailed the legislative and bureaucratic complications of getting the President's promise implemented to offer individual insurance under the ACA that renewed plans already in place. Contrast those complications with, the California insurance shopping application CBS' John Blackstone discovered in San Francisco, built by a trio of twentysomethings on the weekends and in their spare time. Hats off to Ning Liang, George Kalogeropoulos and Michael Wasser!

At the same time, both NBC's Rehema Ellis and CBS' Major Garrett covered the mental healthcare reform, which was CBS' lead. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that co-payments, deductibles, visits to the doctor, and hospital stays would be covered at parity for both mental and physical illnesses. NBC's Ellis emphasized the healthcare angle to this announcement; CBS, which has covered the gun control debate heavily all year, had Garrett identify Sebelius' announcement as one of the 23 executive orders promised as a package to curb gun violence.


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