If you’re sick of the superficial, “he said/she said” balance in news coverage of the healthcare debate, you’ll love this piece by Terry J. Allen:
The health care industry is having palpitations over Sicko. “I don’t think Michael Moore set out to make a balanced movie,” said Karen Ignagni, president of the trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans, regurgitating the industry’s key talking point.
But truth is not always found in the balanced middle. (“Now, for the other side of Hitler,” “Cannibalism: Pros and cons”; “Sex with children: Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water”).
Not surprisingly, some groups staging responses to “Sicko,” including the Manhattan Institute, the Heritage Foundation and the Pacific Research Institute, are hooked on pharmaceutical company funding, according to Sourcewatch. They are part of a system that is rotten to the marrow and should be put out of its, and our, misery…
You want balance? Balance this: The right of corporations to profit from illness against the right of every person to decent health care.