‘Silencing and Excluding’ Insistent Single-Payer Voices

“With the corporate media relentlessly distorting the public discussion around healthcare reform,” Black Agenda Report managing editor Bruce Dixon (7/29/09) has enumerated his “Top 10 Ways to Tell Your President & His Party Aren’t Fighting for Healthcare For Everybody,” including:

The president and his party, and the corporate media, have spent more time and energy silencing and excluding the advocates of single-payer healthcare, mostly the president’s own supporters, than they have fighting Blue Dogs and Republicans.

But no matter how diligently the spokespeople for single payer are excluded from media coverage and invitations to Obama’s policy forums and round tables, no matter how many times the White House cuts their questions from transcripts and video of public events, the calls, emails and letters keep pouring into Congress and the White House demanding the creation of a publicly funded, everybody-in-nobody-out system, a Medicare-for-All kind of single-payer healthcare plan.

Additionally, Dixon sees how “the president, with the cooperation of corporate media and the Republicans, is trying to make the argument about himself instead of a discussion on the merits of his policy”:

The president and his critics are happy to talk about whether this will be “his Waterloo,” or his Dien Bien Phu, as if that matters more than the 22,000 Americans who die each year from lack of medical care, or the three quarter million who will go bankrupt because of unpayable medical bills.

“The concentration on whether the president looks good or bad,” according to Dixon, “takes up air, ink and coverage time that might otherwise be spent explaining what is and isn’t in the various proposals, and why.”

Read of the ongoing demand for broader media debate on healthcare in FAIR’s new Activism Update: “Media Take Notice of FAIR’s Healthcare Petition” (7/31/09).