Analysis: Covering a Release

For this analysis, I used an article from The Washington Post about President Obama's plan to incorporate four Republican ideas into his health care reform plan. I then looked up the letter that Obama wrote to congressional leaders outlining the outcomes of their health care summit meeting and the four ideas that he was considering.


Obama began the letter, which was addressed to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Republican leaders John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, thanking them for their participation in the meeting. The president then went on to explain all of the points that the GOP and DFL agree on, including the overall need for reform, allowing small businesses and individuals to join together, and also the need to crack down on fraud and abuse of the system. Obama explained the issues they disagree on. Once all of this was laid out, he then bullet pointed the four Republican issues that he is considering.

In the article, the reporter cut right to the chase and stated the four policies that Obama is considering. The reporter described the expected reactions to the letter- Republicans were not pacified by the idea of a bipartisan compromise. The reporter did not dwell on the exact details of the agreements and disagreements which Obama spent most of his letter clarifying, but instead brought his letter into context by describing how it was received by both parties. She also describes how the letter and the received reactions are likely to affect voting. In the article the reporter condenses the information from the letter and places it into context by providing background as well as the political reactions to the letter.

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