Tell the News Media to Get It Right

Keep up the pressure for a media debate on healthcare reform that includes single-payer.

ABC’s recent primetime forum on healthcare reform, “Prescription for America,” did not include a single question from a single-payer advocate after Obama’s own longtime doctor was censored by ABC. Join us in presenting ABC with a prescription for a real debate on healthcare reform–one that includes single-payer! Many experts see single-payer national health insurance as the most sensible solution to expand coverage to the uninsured and to reduce costs.

Petition for Open Debate on Welfare Reform

This proposal polls well with the public, who preferred it two-to-one over a privatized system in a recent survey (New York Times/CBS, 1/11-15/09). It is also preferred by 59 percent of physicians, according to a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (4/1/08). Yet a study by FAIR found that of hundreds of stories about health care in major outlets earlier this year, only five stories included the views of advocates of single-payer–none of which appeared on the television networks.

The insurance lobbies and many politicians may not want to talk about single-payer. But that makes it all the more important that the media do.

Please cover single-payer healthcare proposals, and stop silencing their advocates.

Michael Moore, filmmaker
David Scheiner, longtime physician of President Barack Obama
Donna Smith, Sicko! star, and representative of the California Nurses Association
Phil Donahue, former MSNBC host
Quentin Young, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program
Stephanie Woolhandler, Harvard medical professor
David Himmelstein, Harvard medical professor
Susan Sarandon, actor
Tim Robbins, actor
Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
Katie Robbins, Healthcare Now!
Jim Hightower, radio commentator and writer
Jeff Cohen, director of journalism, Ithaca College
Mike Farrell, actor
Norman Solomon, media critic and author
David Swanson, activist and author
Jonathan Schwarz, blogger

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