I’ll have more to say about the first part of the post header tomorrow (hopefully), but this exchange between Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner, a proponent of a Medicare-for-All public option, and CNBC reporter Maria Bartiromo is mind-boggling:
At one point, Bartiromo was critical of the government-managed health care system in the United Kingdom. “How do I know the quality [of health care in the United States] is not going to suffer” with a public option? she asked.
Rep. Weiner reminded her that there already is government-managed health care in the United States — namely, Medicare, the system created for Americans 65 years and older — and that patients with Medicare report very high satisfaction rates.
Bartiromo’s response to this argument was a true head-scratcher. In a mocking tone, she pressed the congressman: “How come you don’t use it [Medicare]? You don’t have it. How come you don’t have it?”
Ah ha! She got him!
Except Weiner is forty five years old, and thus does not qualify for Medicare. In fact, that’s what the Medicare-for-All argument is all about: a sixty-five year old who works can buy into the Medicare program as if it were a private health insurance program, so why can’t a forty five year old?
I would like to think that before I were to lecture a U.S. congressman about Medicare that I would understand the basics of the program.
Seriously, while mocking fucking morons fills me with a certain wicked glee, this exchange is a prime example of how corporate media has failed by delivering crappy product. Anyone who took Bartiromo at face value would actually be more ignorant after having consumed CNBC’s product.
Over the long haul, providing your viewers with misinformation does not strike me as a particularly good business model. It also sucks regarding that “The commonwealth requires the education of the people as the safeguard of order and liberty” thing.
This episode does, however, explain how CNBC completely missed the housing and banking crises….