Healthcare and the Press
One of my parents works in a cardiologist practice, one of my siblings is a nurse and I myself am covered by the Spanish public healthcare system. While ours views on America’s healthcare “debate” might qualify us as flesh-eating liberals on Fox News, which now informs the majority of cable viewers, by far the more distressing fact is that a once-conscientious press views people with an informed perspective through an idiotic lens.
Our national dialogue is only as strong as our weakest member, which in this case happens to be the mouth piece for the whole entire healthcare debate: the press. Much has been made of Time Magazine’s softball story on Glenn Beck, a man who regularly compares the current American President to Adolf Hitler, but little self criticism is coming from news sources, like the NY Times and Washington Post, who buried objections to the Iraq War on page 13D.
Yesterday’s NY Times story on the rejection of two different public healthcare options by the Senate Finance Committee makes the Democratic party—the part of the party not killing the public option—into the Never Say Die Club. But some fates, like pretending we’re having a rational deliberation over healthcare in America, are worse than death. Here are two facts I have personally observed:
England’s National Health Service is funded by a flat income tax of ten percent.
There remains a private health insurance industry in Spain as well as a single-payer system.
Not surprisingly, it takes reading an English paper to realize that “major elements of the [American] media, terrified of accusations that they’re in the tank with Democrats and liberals, would rather deny the reality than tell the simple truth. This abject spinelessness is a significant factor in how the lies of the right infect public discourse.”
Each time the press pretends like the healthcare debate proceeds along a rational line of inquiry, it’s like another objection to the Iraq invasion is buried on page 13D. Only this time, the war is civil.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
A plan to forgive almost a trillion dollars in debt would solve the student loan debt crisis, but can it work?
- Senator Elizabeth Warren has just proposed a bold education reform plan that would forgive billions in student debt.
- The plan would forgive the debt held by more than 30 million Americans.
- The debt forgiveness program is one part of a larger program to make higher education more accessible.
A new method promises to capture an elusive dark world particle.
- Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) devised a method for trapping dark matter particles.
- Dark matter is estimated to take up 26.8% of all matter in the Universe.
- The researchers will be able to try their approach in 2021, when the LHC goes back online.
In most states, LGBTQ Americans have no legal protections against discrimination in the workplace.
- The Supreme Court will decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also applies to gay and transgender people.
- The court, which currently has a probable conservative majority, will likely decide on the cases in 2020.
- Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws effectively extending the Civil Rights of 1964 to gay and transgender people.
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