Church sex scandals, a mom-and-pop candy cane business, and a twenty-nine year old murder story. At best these tales make for good check out counter reading, however, these are headline stories that graced the front pages of three major media and broadcast outlets today.
Today is no different from any other day. The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism conducted a study that showed only 1% of all stories covered by media outlets are about health care policy.
Health care policies determine whether an insurance company can reject me, dictate how soon after my surgery a hospital can kick my ass out on the street, and decide how and when the FDA can approve a drug that may cure my cancer and eradicate the two malignant tumors that were nesting on my jugular at my last check up.
Forget that I’m a young adult cancer patient; just show me any American whose wallet has not been hit by the result of health care policy. We deserve real news about health care policy, and the Kaiser foundation thinks so too.
The Kaiser foundation has started a non-profit health policy news wire. Their journalists will research, investigate, and write news articles about health care policy. While reporters at the Boston Globe are working the Christmas Candy beat, stories about health care policy will pour in over the wire and onto our newspapers, RSS readers, TVs and radios.
Remember, you have no right to gripe about your healthcare unless you educate yourself and participate in changing the system. Yes, that is sort of an obnoxiously Marsha Brady kind of statement to make. But it is true.