Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Who agrees with this sentiment?

From Think Progress:
Bachmann: Uninsured Americans Can Rely On ‘Charitable Organizations’ For Health Care

“We will always have people in this country through hardship, through no fault of their own, who won’t be able to afford health care,” Bachmann said. “That’s just the way it is. But usually what we have are charitable organizations or hospitals who have enough left over so that they can pick up the cost for the indigent who can’t afford it.

“But what we have to do is be a profitable nation that’s growing, so that we can pay for those people who can’t afford it through no fault of their own. Once ‘Obamacare’ is gone, this is what we have to do.“
That sentiment was echoed on NBC's Nightly News this Monday with this:
Boy, 7, raises money for cancer racing go-karts (Bing video)

Seven-year-old Timmy “Mini” Tyrrell learned his friend had cancer, and he decided he could help raise money by racing go-karts. Timmy calls it “Mini’s Mission,” and so far he’s raised $7,000 and counting. NBC’s Anne Thompson has the story.
The day before, CBS ended its evening news with a story about how a single mom was in economic trouble (unemployed, etc.) and how a lady befriended her and helped her out.

There could have been stories about how government aid agencies - and the staff - help people. Instead, we are shown problems being solved by private effort. Both take place, of course, but the bias in reporting is to the "feel good" maudlin story that excludes government programs that we have established and paid for.


$7000? That's what, 12 hours of a hospital stay?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/26/2011 10:26 PM  

... we have established and paid for.

Oh really?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/29/2011 11:45 AM  

"Queen for a Day" stories so that we don't have to talk about fundamental change.

By Blogger gmoke, at 10/29/2011 8:20 PM  

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