Media coverage in the
and around the world is domin US ated by left-leaning, anti-Christian, anti-God, humanistic worldview. I have never seen any study, done by anyone, right or left, th at did not report the fact of th at first sentence. So Dennis Prager in the following article has a gre at point to make as to why so many think th at healthcare and not immigr ation, or n ational security, or jobs cre ation, or lowering taxes, or a balanced budget are not higher priorities for more Americans.
The good news is th
If You Believe
Has Lousy Health Care, Here's Why America
If you believe th
atAmericans have lousy health care, it is probably not because you have experienced inferior he ath care. It is probably because you were told has lousy health care. America
Last week, major news media fe
atured these headlines:
scores dead last again in healthcare study" U.S.
Los AngelesTimes: " is No. 1 in a key area of healthcare. Guess which one ..." U.S.
NPR: "US Spends The Most On Health Care, Yet Gets Least"
The Week: "
health care system: Worst in the world?" US
Now let's delve into this widely reported headline as written by Reuters.
For those readers who rely on a headline to get news -- and we all do th
atsometimes -- the issue is clear: is r America ated as having the worst health care "again."
For those who read the first sentence or two, an even more common practice, the Reuters report begins this way: "Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality, less efficiency and have the least equitable system, according to a report released on Wednesday. The
United Stranked last when compared to six other countries -- ates Britain, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Australiaand , the Commonwealth Fund report found." New Zealand
For those reading further, the claim of the headline and of the first two sentences is reinforced. The third sentence offers commentary on the study by the head of the group th
atconducted it: "'As an American it just bothers me th atwith all of our know-how, all of our wealth, th atwe are not assuring th atpeople who need healthcare can get it,' Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis told reporters ..."
ater in the report does the discerning reader have a clue as to how agenda-driven this report and this study are. The otherwise unidentified Karen Davis, president of the never-identified Commonwealth Fund, is quoted as saying how important it was th atAmerica pass President Obama's health care bill.
Could it be th
atMs. Davis and the Commonwealth are leftwing?
They sure are, though Reuters, which is also on the Left, never lets you know.
Here's how the Commonwealth Fund's 2009 Report from the president begins: "The Commonwealth Fund marshaled its resources this year to produce timely and rigorous work th
athelped lay the groundwork for the historic Affordable Care Act, signed by President Obama in March 2010."
, she served as deputy assistant secretary for health policy in the Department of Health and Human Services in the Jimmy Carter administr Davis ation all four years of the Carter presidency. And in 1993, in speaking to new members of Congress, she advoc ated a single-payer approach to health care.
I could not find any mainstream news report about this story th
atidentified the politics of Karen Davis or the Commonwealth Fund. If they had, the headlines would have looked something like this:
"Liberal think tank, headed by single-payer advoc
ate, ObamaCare activist, and former Carter official, says has worst health care" America
Conversely, imagine if a conserv
ative think tank had released a study showing th at, 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 th atthe think tank was conserv ative? The answer is no to both.
In microcosm, we have here four major developments of the last 50 years:
1. The Left domin
ates the news media in ; and around the world, leftwing media are almost the only news media. America
2. The media report most news in the light of their Leftwing values (whether consciously or not).
3. Most people understandably believe wh
atthey read, w atch 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 educ
ation) and therefore regard wh atthey believe about the world as reality r ather than as a leftwing perception of reality.
The same thing happened on a far larger scale in 2000 when the world press reported th
atthe United N ations World Health Organiz ation (WHO) ranked America37th in health care behind such countries as Morocco, Costa Rica, Colombiaand . 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 conserv
atives noted th at Cubawas ranked 39th, essentially tied with the . United St ates
Which means th
atthe WHO report is essentially a fraud. Who in his right mind thinks Americans and Cubans have equivalent levels of health care? For th atm atter, how many world leaders travel to Greeceor Moroccoinstead of to the for health care? United St ates
The answer is th
atWHO doesn't assess health care quality; it assesses health care equality, exactly the way any organiz ation on the Left assesses it. And since the world's and 's news media are on the Left, they report a Leftist bogus assessment of American health care as true. America
Imagine this headline around the world: "World Health Organiz
ation declares Americaand tied in health care." Cuba
Of course, only Leftists would believe th
at. But since non-Leftists would realize how absurd the claim was, th atis not wh atanyone was told. Instead, the world and American media all announced " r America ated 37th in health care by World Health Organiz ation."
These two reports illustr
ate why so many people in Americaand around the world think 's health care is inferior and why they support movement toward n America ationalized 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 gre atest force for good among n ations, is h ated, while , never a force for good, isn't? China
The answer is, unfortun
ately, simple: Garbage in, garbage out.
Dennis Prager's Biography
Dennis Prager is a radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of 4 books including Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Man