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Your Health Care
Tuesday, March 03, 2009

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Wayne Shepherd:  Is it time for the government to take over your healthcare choices?  I'm Wayne Shepherd with Dave Zanotti on today's edition of The Public Square®. News is coming fast and furious now.  Dave, what is Washington trying to do to our healthcare system?

Dave Zanotti:  Wayne, I caught these words in a recent article on healthcare and wrote them down. An article in The Washington Post said this regarding the President’s plans for health care:

“But Obama plans to unveil his goals for scaling back record deficits and rebuilding the nation's costly and inefficient health care system… ”

What really jumped off the page were the words, “the nation’s costly and inefficient health care system.”

Let’s look carefully at those words. This is a news article not an editorial.  Do we all understand what they mean? Do we all agree and understand that our nation’s health care system is in fact a singular system? Are we talking about Medicaid here? Or is this Medicare? Is this the health care system for veterans or the system for Government employees or is this the private health care system for everybody else we are talking about?

So we don't even have agreement on what the nation's healthcare system is. Do we all agree it is both costly and inefficient?

The newspaper presumes we do. They use those terms to define it.  They define health care in America with a single stroke and then condemn the entire enterprise as costly and inefficient?

But what if those words are wrong? What if some parts of our health care system are amazingly efficient and actually save us money in the process?

When the Washington Post writes this way, it is no coincidence. It is sad.  After all when you look at it, they are using words to try and influence your opinion about a public policy debate on healthcare. Buyer beware.  In journalism school, they call that propaganda. 

WS:   It's getting more complicated all the time.  We need good information. Get the straight scoop on universal health care problems.  For Dave Zanotti, on The Public Square I'm Wayne Shepherd®.   

Your Health Care - March 3rd, 2009

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