CBS Latches Onto Liberal Group's Study on Prescription Drug Choice
President Bushâ€™s prescription drug plan has been panned by conservatives and liberals, for different reasons. But in his June 21 "Evening News" report when CBSâ€™s Wyatt Andrews presented the objections of a liberal health care advocacy group, he suggested competition in health care leaves senior citizens worse off than government monopoly.
â€śThe consumer group Families USA finds that down the lineâ€ť drugs many senior citizens use like Celebrex and Zocor â€śsaw steep increases driving up what seniors pay,â€ť Andrews noted before including a sound bite from the groupâ€™s executive director, Ron Pollack.
While Andrews did include a rebuttal from a Bush administration official who criticized Pollackâ€™s study, Andrewsâ€™s refusal to identify the â€śconsumer groupâ€™sâ€ť liberal politics is no small matter given how he closed his story: â€śWhen Congress decided to let private insurance companies handle the drug benefit, it was gambling that private competition would drive down pricing. Now thereâ€™s a report saying that decision is costing untold billions,â€ť he concluded.
What Andrews left out is how that sentiment fits squarely with Families USA, which in 1994 supported the
In the Aug. 27, 1994, New York Times, writer Robert Pear celebrated â€ścrusaders for universal health insurance coverageâ€ť like Pollack whose â€śdream had been deferred but would not die.â€ť
At that time, Pollack told Pear, â€śWhen one tries to achieve comprehensive, significant social changes â€¦ those things donâ€™t happen overnight.â€ť