Press ignoring the real healthcare story

As of this writing, I have found it quite odd that I have not seen a single headline regarding the now famous lines, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it. Period. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.” Or, “I could keep my Acme Insurance, just a high deductible catastrophic plan. I would not be required to get the better one.”

Perhaps I missed it.

The first statement has been repeated many times by the president and current administration. The second statement was said by only the president.

Today’s video crazy public can no longer hide behind the “well, what he really said was – or what she really meant was …”

I realize that most national articles are received via the AP, and it is quite obvious which way it leans. However, there have been many other national news articles outlining these statements that are available for publication. I would think the local press would report on this very mis-leading situation, if not outright lying to the American public. It’s been going on since 2010. It has become well documented now that over five million policies have been canceled and that many healthcare professionals and hospitals have been excluded from the government health care exchanges. Many people will no longer be able to use the healthcare professional or hospital they have been using for years.

Yes, our healthcare system was due for a tune up, but it is becoming quite plain that the current national healthcare law is proving to be disastrous.

Oh, by the way, I did notice a front page article regarding president Obama attending a memorial service for JFK with former president Clinton, but I don’t recall anything about him passing up an opportunity to attend a service commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address. I also note that when president Obama recited the Gettysburg address for a Ken Burns PBS documentary, he was the only person that did not include the two words “under God” when he read it.

Larry Reed

Williamstown