All in all, the piece was fair, balanced, and informative. I have just one quibble: Early on, the story says that Obama would create a “national health plan available to all and funded in part by employers who do not offer health insurance.” There’s that word “national” again. The word has come to imply universality of coverage and a national health insurance program, like those in other developed countries, funded through a national financing system and available to everyone as a matter of right. Neither candidate proposes that, and it’s best that reporters get the terms straight. But more on that in another post.

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Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.