PBS ombud Michael Getler is siding with critics of a Frontline documentary that failed to examine single-payer national health insurance as a possible alternative to the U.S. healthcare system.
The only alternative to the current U.S. healthcare system that was examined in any depth in Sick Around America was Massachusetts’ system of mandating that people buy insurance from for-profit health insurance companies. FAIR had criticized the film for misrepresenting the findings of Frontline‘s earlier documentary, Sick Around the World (4/15/08), which had emphasized that all other countries ban insurance companies from making a profit on basic care, and had discussed single payer alternatives including Taiwan’s healthcare system.
Today, FAIR’s radio program CounterSpin airs an interview with T. R. Reid–a Frontline reporter for Sick Around the World who quit the production of Sick Around America because it contradicted the earlier Frontline documentary.(Audio file available at: http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3758).
FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986.