Updated: added a petition and videos
July 09, 2009
The Insurance and Pharmaceutical industry are joining with the Democrats and Republicans, to fuck us all over.
Sen. Bernie Sanders Talks About Healthcare Reform
July 09, 2009
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Media Are Sicko
Join FAIR and Michael Moore in Calling for a Real Debate on Healthcare
Help Us Reach Our Goal: 10,000 Signatures Before July 30!
Sign at: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/592/t/9039/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=1993
The debate about healthcare reform is in critical condition, with Obama’s proposal for a “public option” now on the rocks, despite overwhelming public support for a greater government role in health insurance. Now more than ever, it is crucial that the media provide the public with information about the full range of options for healthcare reform–including the creation of a single-payer national health insurance program.
Single-payer, or “Medicare-for-all”–which would eliminate the role of private health insurance industry–is supported by 59 percent of Americans, and an equal percentage of physicians, because it would reduce costs while expanding coverage.
Yet it has rarely been mentioned on the TV network news. A recent study by FAIR found that of hundreds of stories about healthcare in major outlets earlier this year, only five stories included the views of advocates of single-payer–none of which appeared on the TV networks.
Even Sen. Max Baucus (D.-Mont.)–one of the most powerful players in the debate–has admitted that the excluding the single-payer option was “a mistake,” because it left Obama’s public-option proposal as the most progressive position in the debate, making it more vulnerable to attack by industry-backed politicians seeking a “bipartisan” compromise.
Please join filmmaker Michael Moore, doctors and Harvard medical professors David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, actor Mike Farrell and Donna Smith of the California Nurses Association in signing onto FAIR’s open letter to the TV networks.
Help us reach 10,000 signatures before July 30, when single-payer advocates will be marching on Capitol Hill in a day of action to commemorate the anniversary of Medicare.
Tell Media: Include Single-Payer in Healthcare Debate
Add your name below to FAIR’s petition
Take action (same as above petition)
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.
Single-payer national health insurance is a model in which healthcare delivery would remain largely private but would be paid for by a single federal health insurance fund (much like Medicare provides for seniors). Single-payer is favored by a majority of Americans and physicians, according to recent polls (New York Times/CBS, 1/11-15/09, Annals of Internal Medicine, 4/1/08).
Yet a recent study by FAIR found that of hundreds of stories about healthcare in major outlets earlier this year, only five stories included the views of advocates of single-payer–none of which appeared on the TV networks. In May, news coverage of the arrests of single-payer advocates showed that practically the only way to get single-payer mentioned in the corporate media is to get thrown out of Senate hearings.
Let’s send a message to the networks: The insurance lobbies and many politicians don’t want to talk about single-payer. But that makes it all the more important that the media do. Sign our petition to ABC, CBS and NBC, demanding that single-payer be a part of their coverage of the healthcare debate. Add your name below to lend your voice to this effort to broaden the debate over the broken U.S. healthcare system.
Silencing Single Payer
July 02, 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.
Rep. Sanchez Goes Against Blue Dogs – Wants Public Healthcare Option
July 10, 2009
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