Tell the media: we need a real debate on healthcare

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting:

Join FAIR and Michael Moore in calling for a real debate on healthcare--help us reach 10,000 signatures before July 30. Sign the petition now!

The debate about healthcare reform is in critical condition, with Obama's proposal for a "public option" now on the rocks, despite overwhelming public support for a greater government role in health insurance. Now more than ever, it is crucial that the media provide the public with information about the full range of options for healthcare reform--including the creation of a single-payer national health insurance program.

Single-payer, or "Medicare-for-all"--which would eliminate the role of private health insurance industry--is supported by 59 percent of Americans, and an equal percentage of physicians, because it would reduce costs while expanding coverage.

Yet it has rarely been mentioned on the TV network news. A recent study by FAIR found that of hundreds of stories about healthcare in major outlets earlier this year, only five stories included the views of advocates of single-payer--none of which appeared on the TV networks.

Even Sen. Max Baucus (D.-Mont.)--one of the most powerful players in the debate--has admitted that the excluding the single-payer option was "a mistake," because it left Obama's public-option proposal as the most progressive position in the debate, making it more vulnerable to attack by industry-backed politicians seeking a "bipartisan" compromise.

Please join filmmaker Michael Moore, doctors and Harvard medical professors David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, actor Mike Farrell and Donna Smith of the California Nurses Association in signing onto FAIR's open letter to the TV networks.

Help us reach 10,000 signatures before July 30, when single-payer advocates will be marching on Capitol Hill in a day of action to commemorate the anniversary of Medicare.

Add your voice:sign FAIR's petition online!

article originally published at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.

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