Some journalists don't have to look very far. That's because they are the story, too.
"I know - an uninsured health reporter," she wrote to me. "The joke's not lost on me."
Since then, reporters across the country have been telling their stories-and they seem to square with the broader experiences of the public.
Take Steve Friess, a freelance journalist and former reporter at Politico. In a first-person story for the Daily Caller last week, Friess wrote about how his partner, Miles Smith, had signed up for a plan, only to try to cancel it days after it took effect because it turned out to have unexpected costs.
After the initial elation at finding a reasonably priced plan, Friess wrote, Smith found out it wasn't so great after all.
Friess said he ate up an entire work week making a series of lengthy phone calls to try to figure out why the medication wasn't covered. It was an exercise in frustration.
Other reporters also felt similar frustration, but their stories had somewhat different endings. Jon Brooks, a former reporter at KQED radio in San Francisco, wrote a pieceabout the incorrect information he was given, delays, and, ultimately, success.
Finally, last month, freelance science writer Anna Azvolinsky shared her concerns on Twitter in response to a tweet about enrollment in the New York State of Health exchange:
I checked in with Azvolinsky this week via email to ask her how it was going. She said she and her husband had been on hold with Blue Cross for a total of 22 hours trying to pay their premiums and ensure they were enrolled. On Jan. 10, they received insurance cards in the mail, but they were for their previous plan and were of no use. She added:
She told me that she still doesn't have her ID card and has found that none of her doctors take her new plan. She expects to write more about her experience in the future.
Sometimes journalists become better reporters when they not only cover a story but live it, too. I can't help but wonder if that's what's happening here.
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