CBS News' Jan Crawford recently reported on 56 year-old Dianne Barrette, who claims that her premium increased ten times higher under Obamacare.
What both Barrette and Crawford failed to disclose was that Barrette's previous policy barely qualified as insurance at all.
On CBS This Morning, Crawford reported that Barrette received a letter last month "from Blue Cross Blue Shield, informing her that as of January 2014, she would lose her current plan. She pays $54 a month. The new plan she’s being offered would run $591 a month, ten times more than what she currently pays."
"What I have right now is what I’m happy with," Barrette said in the report, "and I just want to know why I can’t keep what I have. Why do I have to be forced into something else?"
The reasons are obvious to any who care enough to look for them. Chief among them is the fact that Barrette's policy is something Consumer Reports calls "junk health insurance," which is something even the company that sells it recommends its customers not rely solely upon.
Barrette's policy (I kid you not) covered a maximum of $50 towards most of the services it covers and only up to $15 per prescription. Even worse, hospital visits are not one of the services covered; in the event of a trip to the emergency room, the policy would have covered absolutely nothing.
Insurance that flimsy barely qualifies as a product. The only possible way Barrette could have been happy with it is by never having needed it for anything.
Meanwhile, the plan that Crawford compares Dianne's junk insurance with is not the only option available to her. In fact, Barrette's current insurer alone offers nine other plans cheaper than the one suggested in her letter.
Ironically, if Crawford wanted to know any of this, she only had to watch her own report. The details of the GoBlue plan 91 that Dianne was on before, and the new BlueOptions Essential (HSA) 1419 plan she has since been offered, are spelled out in the screenshot above, which was taken directly from the CBS News broadcast.
A word of advice to CBS: Unbiased journalism doesn't entail occasionally pandering to the side of a debate that is insurmountably more full of crap.