The Media’s Health Care Lies

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Conversely, imagine if a conservative think tank had released a study showing that, in general, Americans had the best health care in the world.

Two questions: Would the media have reported it? And if they did, would they have neglected to report that the think tank was conservative? The answer is no to both.

In microcosm, we have here four major developments of the last 50 years:

1. The Left dominates the news media in America; and around the world, leftwing media are almost the only news media.

2. The media report most news in the light of their Leftwing values (whether consciously or not).

3. Most people understandably believe what they read, watch or listen to.

4. This is a major reason most people on the Left are on the Left. They have been given a lifetime of leftist perceptions of the world (especially when one includes higher education) and therefore regard what they believe about the world as reality rather than as a leftwing perception of reality.

The same thing happened on a far larger scale in 2000 when the world press reported that the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) ranked America 37th in health care behind such countries as Morocco, Costa Rica, Colombia and Greece.

This WHO assessment was reported throughout the world and regularly cited by leftwing critics of American health care. Yet, to the best of my knowledge, no one other than a few conservatives noted that Cuba was ranked 39th, essentially tied with the United States.

Which means that the WHO report is essentially a fraud. Who in his right mind thinks Americans and Cubans have equivalent levels of health care? For that matter, how many world leaders travel to Greece or Morocco instead of to the United States for health care?

The answer is that WHO doesn’t assess health care quality; it assesses health care equality, exactly the way any organization on the Left assesses it. And since the world’s and America’s news media are on the Left, they report a Leftist bogus assessment of American health care as true.

Imagine this headline around the world: “World Health Organization declares America and Cuba tied in health care.”

Of course, only Leftists would believe that. But since non-Leftists would realize how absurd the claim was, that is not what anyone was told. Instead, the world and American media all announced “America rated 37th in health care by World Health Organization.”

These two reports illustrate why so many people in America and around the world think America’s health care is inferior and why they support movement toward nationalized health care.

But these two reports are only one example of the larger problem — the world thinking is morally confused because it is informed by the morally confused. How else explain, for example, why America, the greatest force for good among nations, is hated, while China, never a force for good, isn’t?

The answer is, unfortunately, simple: Garbage in, garbage out.

Dennis Prager hosts a nationally syndicated radio talk show and is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the author of four books, most recently “Happiness Is a Serious Problem” (HarperCollins). His website is www.dennisprager.com.

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  • brimp

    Most Leftists that I know do not believe in any of these 'facts'. They excuse the lies as a necessary tactic to get the zombie Americans to accept a fairer (socialist) system in place. They do not want to go to Cuba or Canada for health care. They know that rich people from these government controlled health care systems come to America to have operations and treatments.

  • davarino

    That is the only way the left gets their agendas accepted, through LIES.

    deal with it

  • USMCSniper

    When individuals bear no direct responsibility for paying for their care, as in Canada, that care is rationed by waiting. Canadians often wait months or even years for necessary care. For some, the status quo has become so dire that they have turned to the courts for recourse. Several cases currently before provincial courts provide studies in what Americans could expect from government-run health insurance. Canadians — 750,794 citizens are waiting a median of 17.3 weeks from mandatory general-practitioner referrals to treatment in 2008 — show how miserable things can get when government is put in charge of managing health insurance. Canada's federal and provincial governments have tried unsuccessfully to fix the long wait times by introducing selective benchmarks and guarantees along with large increases in funding. The benchmarks and the guarantees aren't ambitious: four to eight weeks for radiation therapy; 16 to 26 weeks for cataract surgery; 26 weeks for hip and knee replacements and lower-urgency cardiac bypass surgery.

    • wsk

      USMC,
      I always enjoy reading your posts.

  • Jim C.

    Prager starts with a false premise: some Americans believe they have lousy health care.

    No, Prager, the issue was never quality. The issue was always access and affordability/cost. The idea that health care needn't be tied to your employment situation, that children should not be denied care, and that the industry itself predicted its own unsustainability at the rate it was going. In other words, in five years, had we not attempted some sort of reform, most of us would be shut out from care we need, even though we were paying higher and higher sums

    I don't know whether Prager is being deliberately disingenuous, or is really that stupid. His argument amounts to "I found a Leftist in the woodpile, see?" and has nothing substantial to do with the issue of health care.

    • akbass

      Jim C…….perhaps you're just too stupid to grasp the premise of the article. With the title, "The Media’s Health Care Lies," Mr. Prager was obviously not intending to delve into the access, affordability, cost or any other "substantial" issue regarding healthcare. And since it's obviously the Leftist media propaganda that helped pass this monstrosity, I'd say that's pretty "substantial," and I certainly see nothing "disingenous."

      • trickyblain

        Where's the "lie"?

    • Democracy First

      As I understand it, Republicans wanted to reform minimally to achieve such ends as health care portability, so that coverage transfered with a job change. But Democrats wouldn't hear of it. They wanted a major role for government.

      It's also my understanding that with the system as it exists, anyone who cannot afford health care receives it for free. I have an unemployed American friend who had several emergency trips to the hospital in the past few months, and got great care without a bill.

  • Larry Linn

    There are 44 countries in the world have better infant mortality rates, and 48 countries have longer life expectancies than the United States. This is according to “The World Fact Book”, published by the CIA, back to the Bush administration.
    “Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance." Albert Einstein. Dennis Prager is empirical evidence.

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