Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Can You Say National Health Care?

You can, but NPR can't. At least they are reporting on the fact that 46.6 million Americans are without health insurance, but they narrow the spectrum of options to that offered by the compassionate folks at the consumer group Families USA who want to see the estate tax maintained and kids insured and the Libertarian tightwads at the CATO Institute who blame the uninsured for high medical insurance costs. What we don't hear is how all of us are getting gouged by the Health Insurance industry. Just for the record, I pay over $7000 a year for family health care insurance (and my employer kicks in $375 a month to boot!) Yes, that's right, $10,000 a year for health insurance that isn't very good anyway. It would be nice to hear from doctors who know we need a National Health Insurance plan.


David Green said...

From Dean Baker's Beat the Press weekly blog,

From the New York Times Canadian Health Care Bashing Desk
As I have noted before (see “Missing Fact on British Health Care,” May 7, 2006), the New York Times feels the need to periodically run articles on the health care crises in countries with universal health care systems. These articles never make comparisons to the health care situation in the United States, which might help readers put the articles in some context.

An article in today’s Times fits the bill perfectly, reporting the surprising news that many Canadian doctors are hoping to make more money outside of the country’s public health care system. (Actually, the article never mentions the possibility that doctors want to leave the public system to make more money. The article implies that the doctors are just very publicly minded individuals who only think of the public good, not about money.)

Anyhow, the article includes the obligatory assertions about long waiting lines in the Canadian system from a right-wing think tank. The article does not include any comments from supporters of the public health care system.

It also tells us that the cost of the Canadian system is “skyrocketing.” This is a striking description. The New York Times has never used such a term to describe the considerably more rapid growth of health care costs in the United States.

--Dean Baker

frozen half-newt said...

NPR reminds me of what I see as the difference between liberals and leftists--the former are basically okay with The System as it stands, while the latter want to get into its infrastructure and CHANGE it.

Beware the moderates, as MLK Jr. put it.