PBS is Sicko

Last year, former Washington Post reporter T.R. Reid made a great documentary for the PBS show Frontline titled Sick Around the World. Reid traveled to five countries that deliver health care for all – UK, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Taiwan – to learn about how they do it. Reid found that the one thing these five countries had in common – none allowed for-profit health insurance companies to sell basic medical coverage.

Frontline then said to Reid – okay, we want you to go around the United States and make a companion documentary titled Sick Around the America. So, Reid traveled around America, interviewing patients, doctors, and health insurance executives. The documentary that resulted – Sick Around America – aired Monday night on PBS.

But even though Reid did the reporting for the film, he was cut out of the film when it aired this week. And the film didn’t present Reid’s bottom line for health care reform – don’t let health insurance companies profit from selling basic health insurance.

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8 Responses to “PBS is Sicko”

  1. Jay Vos Says:


    I read the continuation of your post onto the Counterpunch article and that representative from the health insurance industry (lobby) didn’t know what the hell she was talking about….sheesh.

    • RickB Says:

      Surely not! Corporate shill talking bollocks?
      I can see perhaps a plan utilising the insurance corporations (per Obama), then the failings of that used to repeal it and return to the state the US has now!

  2. Jay Vos Says:

    O/T: the Vermont House passed the marriage equality bill tonight just after 9 p.m. EDT. I was in Montpelier most of the day watching the debate.



  3. Robert Says:

    I mean the biggest of the American Health insurance is already here, UNUM Provident actually had the top man working for them , he was the professor( Mansell Alyward)who made the governments welfare reforms, forget Fraud sorry Freud, Mansell works at the Cardiff Uni, department called The Unum Provident.

    Of course we will end up with a two tier health care, why not if you can pay for it why not use it, the problem comes when government started telling people about how much better it is.

  4. libhomo Says:

    PBS is a commercial network and has been for a couple of decades. That explains it.

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