NBC Set to Launch Week of Programming to 'Help' ObamaCare 'Succeed'

It's not enough that MSNBC regularly touts the liberal line on every issue from climate change to raising the debt limit -- and has the poor ratings to prove it.

But now, a press release sent out on Friday declares that NBC -- the parent company of the cable channel -- will begin on Monday a week-long series entitled “Ready or Not, the New Health Care” and described as “a multi-screen experience” to “help Americans get the most out of the Affordable Care Act,” otherwise known as the wildly liberal program ObamaCare.

The document states that reports on the legislation will air throughout the week on “NBC Nightly News,” “Today” and NBCNews.com and will explore “the many facets of the ACA and its impact on the public.”

Of course, the document doesn't mention that the measure was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, after it was approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives, both of which were then controlled by Democrats.

It also fails to include the polls that indicate the vast majority of Americans -- both Republicans and Democrats – don't want the law to go into effect.

Instead, the series will tout a survey conducted by the liberal Kaiser Family Foundation in conjunction with NBC News “that details public opinion and awareness about the ACA,” which is likely to have more favorable results regarding the government program.

The release begins: "The Affordable Care Act goes into effect on October 1st, but what does this mean for you and your family? During the week of September 30th, NBC News will devote special coverage across all of its platforms” in an extensive series aimed at explaining the complexities of the ACA and its impact on consumers.

Coverage will span multiple screens -- on air, across digital and through social media, and also provide users with interactive tools and resources, available on NBCNews.com/Healthcare, to help shed light on what the health-care act means for them.

An article by Daniel Halper of the Weekly Standard says the effort “will help explain how to enroll in ObamaCare, a service no doubt to President Obama, who has himself been barnstorming the country to try to boost enrollment in the program.”

The document also states that the series will also air on the Monday edition of “NBC Nightly News” with an interview between NBC News’ chief medical correspondent, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, and Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

“Throughout the week, Dr. Snyderman will invite the public to submit questions about what the laws mean for them using the hashtag #AskDrNancy,” Halper added. Through a series of short videos aimed at social and digital audiences, she will “respond to many of these questions directly, and the videos will be available at NBCNews.com/Healthcare.”

In the release, Snyderman stated:

Doctors, nurses, employers and patients all have a stake in how the Affordable Care Act will play out. The sweeping federal law is confusing. We will clarify parts of the law, explain how states differ and tackle many of the challenges associated with it.

“We are committed to answering questions and serving as a guide as this legislation is implemented,” she added.

The series will also provide extensive coverage on the process of enrolling in health insurance marketplaces. The interactive tools will explain what these marketplaces are, where to find them, and how to evaluate the options and calculate costs.

Finally, the release concludes by stating:

Coverage will include the opening of health insurance exchanges, how well the Obama Administration is getting the message across and the stakes if the marketing push succeeds or fails.

“Other topics include efforts to reach out to the young and healthy, primary care physician shortages, the impact on prospective entrepreneurs, changes expected at the ER, and more,” it concluded.

So where was NBC News when President George W. Bush initiated the “No Child Left Behind” act? Why wasn't that legislation featured in a week-long series of reports on how it would improve our children's education?

Could it be that there was so much breaking news that there wasn't enough time to devote to the new program, or did the media yawn because the president was a Republican? I think we all know the answer to that question.
 

Randy Hall
Randy Hall