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Affordable Care Act: What's a reputable source?

What's a Reputable Source?

The Affordable Care Act is contentious political issue. As with many such issues on the internet, there is a lot of misinformation to be found. How can you separate the wheat from the chaff?


First, consider the type of resource.

Relatively trustworthy

  • Peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Government and educational websites ending in .gov, .org, or .edu
  • Websites maintained by respected medical systems (e.g. mayoclinic.org, hopkinsmedicine.org)

Not as trustworthy

  • Soft news sites (e.g., Slate, USA Today, Huffington Post, Salon, The Atlantic, NYMag)
  • Commercial websites ending .com or .biz
  • Blogs and email fowards
  • Wikipedia and other mass-editable sites

If you are still not sure, delve into the source of the information a bit further. Who maintains the website? Who publishes the journal? Is the independent group behind this report actually independent, or do they have ties to pro- or anti-Affordable Care Act lobbyists or legislators? Does your source provide any verifiable qualifications? Do they make outlandish claims?

See also: Introducing the CARS Model

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