The media has been too eager to pass along the woe-is-me stories planted by the local medical societies—the kind that say Doctor X will stop delivering babies or Doctor Y will turn away Medicare patients if the scheduled cuts in Medicare payments go into effect. Coverage of the latest doctor fix has been thin, and so has coverage of the latest money swap to fix the 1099 problem.

The House plans to debate the 1099 fix next week. Paying for subsidies for the uninsured has become a saga of “robbing Peter to pay Paul,” and the public needs to know that. Some explainers are in order.

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.