John Pilger Calls UK National Health Service a Treasure, Blasts US Lawmakers for Being “in Bed with Powerful Interests” and Neglecting “Their Own People’s Basic Human Rights”
We play an excerpt of an extended interview with Australian investigative journalist, John Pilger. Speaking about the US healthcare system, Pilger says, “What is it about US legislators that they appear to be so in bed with such powerful interests, such as the insurance companies, that they can’t represent their own people’s needs, their own people’s basic human rights.” [includes rush transcript]
John Pilger, investigative journalist. He is speaking Saturday, July 4th, at the Socialism 2009 conference being held at the Women’s Building in San Francisco.
July 02, 2009
Tell Media: Include Single-Payer in Healthcare Debate
Reforming the dysfunctional U.S. healthcare system is a major issue in the news these days. The goal of the reform efforts, we’re told, is to expand coverage to the uninsured and to reduce costs. But what many experts and citizens see as the most sensible solution to these problems is kept out of the discussion by the corporate media.
Let’s send a message to the TV networks: The insurance lobbies and many politicians don’t want to talk about single-payer national health insurance. But that makes it all the more important that the media do.
Add your name to FAIR’s petition to the TV networks at:
Silencing Single Payer
fairnessandaccuracy on Jul 2, 2009
Single-payer health insurance is seen by many healthcare workers and citizens as the best tool for expanding coverage while reducing costs. But it is rarely discussed in the media. ABC’s prime time forum “Prescription for America,” which ABC host Diane Sawyer pledged would feature questions to President Obama from “every vantage point,” featured no questions from single-payer advocates.
The media watch-group FAIR is launching a petition to the TV networks, demanding that single-payer be included in the debate over healthcare reform.