CBS Latches Onto Liberal Group's Study on Prescription Drug Choice
President Bushâs prescription drug plan has been panned by conservatives and liberals, for different reasons. But in his June 21 "Evening News" report when CBSâs 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.
âThe consumer group Families USA finds that down the lineâ drugs many senior citizens use like Celebrex and Zocor âsaw steep increases driving up what seniors pay,â Andrews noted before including a sound bite from the groupâs executive director, Ron Pollack.
While Andrews did include a rebuttal from a Bush administration official who criticized Pollackâs study, Andrewsâs refusal to identify the âconsumer groupâsâ liberal politics is no small matter given how he closed his story: âWhen Congress decided to let private insurance companies handle the drug benefit, it was gambling that private competition would drive down pricing. Now thereâs a report saying that decision is costing untold billions,â 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 âcrusaders for universal health insurance coverageâ like Pollack whose âdream had been deferred but would not die.â
At that time, Pollack told Pear, âWhen one tries to achieve comprehensive, significant social changes âŠ those things donât happen overnight.â