To address the public’s need for a “robust debate of health care issues and potential policies”, ABC recently aired a prime time town-hall meeting (6/24/09) on President Barack Obama’s health reform proposals. The forum was supposed to feature “questions from every single vantage point,” according to ABC host Diane Sawyer.
Yet ABC did not air a single question about single-payer national health insurance–which many healthcare providers and citizens consider the best way to fix the broken healthcare system.
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). The goal of healthcare reform, we’re told, is to expand coverage to the uninsured while lowering costs, and many people consider single-payer to be the most sensible way to achieve these goal.
Yet single-payer has been mentioned only four times on ABC News over the past 6 months, three of them by opponents dismissing the idea (3/5/09, 6/14/09, 6/14/09).
Sign FAIR’s petition to ABC, CBS and NBC, demanding that single-payer be a part of their coverage of the health care debate. Add your name to lend your voice to this effort to broaden the debate over the broken U.S. health care system.