The Washington Post is liberal. It is “inside the Washington Beltway” liberal.
It’s unofficial policy: “Run the government’s version of the facts in the headline. Then unspin this in the text, but without critical comments.”
Let me provide a recent example of this procedure.
Headline: Administration: 106,000 enrolled in health insurance in first month of HealthCare.gov.
Slightly more than 106,000 Americans signed up for health plans in the first month of new state and federal insurance marketplaces, the Obama administration reported Wednesday. The figure, which was far lower than the administration predicted, points to the steep challenge ahead as the White House tries to overcome public and congressional frustration with the program’s problem-plagued rollout.
The enrollment tally is the first official indication of the desire and ability of uninsured Americans to get coverage under the 2010 law. Slightly fewer than 27,000 enrollments, or one-fourth of the total, occurred in the 36 states that rely on HealthCare.gov, the troubled federal Web site. The rest were in 11 of the 14 states that have created their own marketplaces, which are generally working better than the federal one. A few states are not yet reporting.
The figures, which cover Oct. 1 to Nov. 2, are significantly lower than the administration’s only known forecast, which suggested that nearly half a million people would sign up for private health plans during the first month of the initial six-month enrollment period for the exchanges.
The administration report counted people as having enrolled in a plan if they selected one, even if they have not begun to pay for it.
Federal health officials told reporters that they could not tell how many of those people stopped partway through and how many were unable to finish because of HealthCare.gov’s problems.
For humor’s sake, the authors added this:
Democrats lavished praise. “Even with the difficulties of the Web site, we have seen tremendous demand for what the Affordable Care Act has to offer,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.).
Another news service reported on Pelosi’s report that 500,000 have signed up through all sites. She is always good for comic relief.