Applause For Post Health-Care Coverage
A recent ombudsman’s column criticized the Post for not providing readers with enough primer-like pieces on the complex health-care debate. Last Friday’s Omblog cited a terrific piece on end-of-life planning that was precisely what readers have been saying they want. Today, The Post went one better.
A large feature, headlined “8 Questions On Health-Care Reform,” provides readers with non-jargon explanations of some of the central issues. Reported by Ceci Connolly and Alec MacGillis, it offers baseline information to those who want to start tracking the debate as it intensifies in Congress. The package provides a glossary of terms, as well as helpful graphics (in print and online) comparing bills, showing how lobbyists are connected to a key Senate committee, and a breakdown of who constitutes the 47 millions Americans who do not have health insurance. The design and graphics were by Karen Yourish, Laura Stanton and Kenneth W. Smith Jr.
Readers called and e-mailed their appreciation.
One came from a local librarian. “I see today’s Post has primers,” she wrote, “and I hope to see more.”
“Today’s 2-page spread is excellent,” wrote a Washington journalist who has been critical of The Post’s coverage in the past.
Also in today’s paper:
- The lead story in the Health section explains how the current proposals might affect different families and individuals facing health-care problems. The story was written by Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News, an independent news service that has collaborated with The Post on health stories.
- A story from Los Angeles by reporter Karl Vick on "recission," the technical term for canceling coverage on grounds that an insurance company was misled.
These are the types of stories readers have been saying they need. They appeal because they offer plain-English explanations, and they often tell the health-care story through the eyes of real people.
In the past, The Post has deserved some of the reader criticism that its coverage was too focused on process and politics. Not today.
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