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Media needs to deepen coverage of healthcare reform

July 28, 2009
by James Rainey
L.A. Times

America has a healthcare crisis, yes, and so do broad segments of the media, particularly television news. They have transformed the story of how to fix an overpriced and inadequate care system into an overheated political scrum, with endless chatter about deadlines and combatants and very little about the kind of medical care people get and how it might change....

Jeff Levi, executive director of the non-partisan Trust for America's Health, said the importance of passing a bill this week has been greatly exaggerated. "What gets lost in the cable TV cacophony is what this is about," Levi said. "It's not about meeting a deadline. It's about a critical public policy issue."

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