White House snags ABC prime time for ObamaCare infomercial

(perhaps the first honest MSM logo …)

Drudge reported today:

On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care — a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!

Highlights on the agenda:

ABCNEWS anchor Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD NEWS from the Blue Room of the White House.

The network plans a primetime special — ‘Prescription for America’ — originating from the East Room, exclude opposing voices on the debate.

The Director of Communications at the White House Office of Health Reform is Linda Douglass, who worked as a reporter for ABC News from 1998-2006.

Naturally Republicans are concerned — apparently ABC News has not scheduled any time during the ObamaCare Specials for other points of view. Ken McKay, the RNC Chief of Staff, wrote ABC News:

President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform ideas or on free airtime. The President has stated time and time again that he wants a bipartisan debate. Therefore, the Republican Party should be included in this primetime event, or the DNC should pay for your airtime.

In response, blogger Dan Riehl reflected on something that crossed my mind immediately after I first read this story — would ABC News (or any other network) have given the Bush White House even an hour of prime-time TV to explain the decision to launch a military invasion of Iraq? For that matter, would they have given the Bush White House a full hour to explain and defend its proposal for the creation of private Social Security accounts? Or any other policy initiative?

Bill Clinton must be green with envy. Even with all the Bubba-love given by the mainstream press to Bill and Hillary during their first year in the White House, they never managed to snag hours of uninterrupted prime network TV in order to promote HillaryCare. And believe me, Bill Clinton and James Carville could have turned out one heck of a sob-story infomercial.

I have remarked many times in private conversations that the official White House sales pitch for ObamaCare will be a well-produced snake-oil show about “choices” and “savings,” but with any real options effectively blocked or regulated into oblivion, so that the only functional system left is a nationalized single-payer health plan. My fellow WizBang bloggers and I have previously discussed the “savings” aspect at length: rationing of services, payments denied or physicians forced to accept mandated payment discounts, and denial of potentially life-saving or life-extending health care services when a patient’s quality of life is not expected to meet mandatory government benchmarks.

It seems that the Obama Administration is prepared to bias the debate about single-payer health care not only with disinformation, but by working with the mainstream media in order to deliberately block efforts to present alternative solutions to our health care problems. Perhaps this is a lesson learned from the Clinton White House, which welcomed the debate over HillaryCare because they thought they would easily win it.

Obama also knows Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Americans want relief from uncertainty and from the rising costs of health care, but they don’t want rationing, or a massive, wasteful bureaucracy that lets patents die or suffer while they wait in queue for their turn at the hospital. That’s what ObamaCare boils down to, and the only way to ensure its implementation is to prevent the discussion of constructive alternatives.

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