The Other Side of the Health Care Debate the Matador Media Should Be Having

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As the media walk hand-in-hand with the Left towards their fantasy-addled government medicine Utopia, they routinely forget that there is another perspective out there as to whether or not the government should commandeer the nation's private health care system. A perspective on which they, had they not already chosen sides on the issue, would (and should) be reporting. 

The most recent high-water mark in media health care bias was last Wednesday, when ABC broadcast on four separate occasions from the White House during what they said was a day of their "moderating" a health care "conversation" with President Barack Obama.  Good Morning America, World News and Nightline all satellite-beamed their video images from within the confines of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. 

And all of that was in addition to a one hour prime time special entitled Questions for the President: Prescription for America.  During which the queries posed to Obama were for the most part fairly difficult, but given the home-field advantage format he was able to deviate from the intent of each question as much as he wanted, filibuster as long as he wished and in every instance had the last word on each issue.

This all-day Obama domination of the "conversation" ABC was claiming to "moderate" inspired in us a notion.  After all, one doesn't "moderate" a "conversation."  What IS moderated - and what is certainly called for on something as important as the decision whether to allow the government to shanghai nearly 20% of the private sector (and arguably it's most important portion) - is a DEBATE.  And ABC wasn't having one. 

So we decided to offer up the other side of the deliberation in which ABC - and the media as a whole - aren't engaging. Working with Americans for Tax Reform and the Health Care Freedom Coalition, we put together a rock star panel of legislators and health care experts to put forward free market-based health care reforms.  And to identify the myriad problems with and debunk the many myths and canards about government medicine - which the Left repeatedly offer up and the Matador Media let go by them with barely a wave of the cape.

A panel which we now humbly put before you here.  Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) debuted his Health Care Freedom Act, and Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) discussed conservative alternatives on proffer in the House of Representatives.  And as we said, a whole panoply of health care stars were on hand to offer their expert perspectives on why government medicine is a bad idea.

As you will see, this is a rostrum of brilliant, highly informed individuals who know their stuff, and all of them deliver their knowledge in an entertaining, non-sleep-inducing manner. 

Makes for good video.  Sadly, ABC and their Matador Media cohorts far too often decide not to make it good television, radio or reading.   

Seton Motley
Seton Motley
Founder and president of Less Government.