Despite Website Fixes, Don’t Expect Media or Republicans to Stop Attacking Obamacare

oreilly-obamacareI’ll admit, I’m worried about what media is going to look like 10 – 20 years from now.  If you look at the decay of quality journalism in just the last few decades for the sake of “breaking the story first” or seizing on which pointless pop culture story can drive the most revenue — well, the future doesn’t look too bright.

Stories often seem driven by whatever gets them the most viewers because that brings in the most ad revenue.

And here’s a little “secret” I’m sure most of you are well aware of — anger, fear and negativity sell.

Even in my writing for my Facebook Page Right Off A Cliff and Forward Progressives I’m well aware that positive, uplifting news stories get a small fraction of the traffic a good, “What the hell did __________ say about President Obama?” will get.

So as the Affordable Care Act website’s issues have mostly been fixed, I can pretty much guarantee that the media won’t stop digging to find those people who’ve still had issues.

It won’t matter if 99% of the people using the site have done so flawlessly, they’ll find the 1% that have still seen issues and slap them on your television screen without mentioning how it’s working for the vast majority of people.  Even if they do decide to say the site is working, you’ll see them say things like, “Well, it’s working but still has a lot of issues to fix.”

For the media, the issues with the Affordable Care Act have been a gold mine.

It’s why the cancellation of insurance plans made such massive headlines.  When it all broke down, about 5% of Americans were being forced to switch health care plans — that’s it.

But you know what I never heard?  How many millions of Americans were being denied health care coverage due to the Republicans refusal to expand Medicaid in many GOP-controlled states.

Denying health care to tens of millions of Americans is far worse than simply forcing some to purchase more comprehensive health care plans.  But the Medicaid story wasn’t a revenue driver, while bashing “Obamacare” is.

Even if they don’t want to attack the overall functionality of the website, they’re starting to claim that there are security issues which could potentially, maybe, possibly, somewhat but not with any certainty exist.  Or there’s the newer claim that insurance companies aren’t getting personal information delivered to them correctly.

Here’s a newsflash: Nothing in this world is flawless.

Hell, I tried reserving a truck on U-haul yesterday and had server issues, which were confirmed by the person I called at U-haul.  Does that mean U-haul is a failure and needs to be shut down?  No.  That would be absurd.

But now that the major issues with the website have been fixed, you’ll simply see Republicans and the media switch the narrative to drive fear about something else.  Both realize that the American opinion about “Obamacare” is at an all-time low so they can push whatever theories or fear-mongering they feel like pushing right now and it’ll benefit both of their interests.

For Republicans, they don’t really have to worry about being truthful about what they claim (not like they’ve ever been anyway) because they know trust in the president is down.  Americans are more likely to believe whatever ridiculous statements they want to make right now.

As for the media, they realize that only time will build trust in “Obamacare” again, and as the website’s main issues have been fixed, they need to seize on these last few moments to extract as much fear as possible from their audience before this issue is no longer a revenue driver.

Because for both Republicans and much of the media—it’s just good for business.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • suburbancuurmudgeon

    “anger, fear and negativity sell.”

    Which is why I stopped watching TV news.

  • xpatYankeeCurmudgeon

    As an expat I am fascinated by the delusion that the dreaded Fox News ( 7 million viewers/day? ) somehow “controls” the portion of voters (55 – 60 million) in America (320 million) that does not buy into redistribution, “social” justice, central planning and identity politics.
    The Left used to have ideas; now it has little more than moral preening and perfunctory denunciations of its opponents.
    We all know Donks like doing “big things.” Recall the Chicago Jeebus accepting his nomination in 08 with the ludicrous proclamation that “this was the moment, when the rise of the oceans, began to halt, and our planet, began to heal!”
    ObamaCare should have been like a Manhattan Project. Instead, it is a clusterf*ck of truly historic proportions. One that goes down in the books as defining the presidency of its most powerful exponent.

  • regressive rightwing trash

    wrong!!! there is ONRE thing flawless————- GOOD MUSIC!! (ok; maybe tow things—–GOOGLE Marilyn Lange photos and U will agree)

  • Tsarina1

    Why you obamabuttkissers can’t admit the truth is beyond me. The website IS NOT WORKING! Aren’t you aware that the government is urging people to make sure their enrollments are valid because of so many errors? Are you aware of the hatred young people have towards Obama because obamacare is too expensive and they feel that the president *LIED* to them? (which, btw, he did) Do you even give a rats ass about the people your disgusting president has harmed? The millions of Americans who have lost their health insurance and can’t afford the barrybutt plans? We live in a free country, and we are free to say to Obama “take your healthcare plan and shove it up your ass sideways, partner” Which they will do next November. You hitched your wagon to a lying star, and you are too ignorant or blind to see that he hates you just as much as he hates conservative Americans.