Recently, we announced Frontline’s new program, “Obama’s Deal,” which included a segment that featured single-payer advocates arrested in the Senate Finance Committee protesting the exclusion of single-payer witnesses from the proceedings. It exposed some of the sordid deals struck by congressional lawmakers and the White House with the health insurance industry and Big Pharma.
While Frontline extensively interviewed Dr. Margaret Flowers of PNHP, they neglected to broadcast the very reason that she and others risked arrest: to get a single-payer advocate to testify in the Senate Finance Committee hearings on health care. Frontline, rather, depicted these advocates as President Obama’s “liberal base” leaving out any discussion about why nurses, doctors, and every-day Americans would risk being arrested by Federal police.
You can act now and write to the ombud at PBS to protest this exclusion of the single-payer viewpoint. It is wrong for Congress and the media to exclude the most evidence-based solution to our health crisis.
The exclusion of single-payer showed that right from the outset Obama had made a deal with the health insurance, drug, and hospital industries.
We expect better from PBS and Frontline. Contact the ombud today!
For some ideas for your comments to PBS, see Kevin Zeese’s (Exec. Dir. of Prosperity Agenda) response.