I admit I can be naïve at times. But all I could do was shake my head in disappointment after watching Meet the Press today.
The topic was the impact of the nomination of Paul Ryan on the national debate on the economy, Medicare, and the role of the government in our lives. They spent a good portion of the show talking about Medicare and seniors. I can now say I’ve seen what Mr. Ryan’s mother looks like, since they showed clips of her at a Republican rally in Florida.
What could have been a substantive discussion of the future of Medicare by the talking heads on the show turned out to be nothing more than a series of empty statements. They argued endlessly about $716 billion dollars being put in or put out of the program, made statements about seniors being protected or not, threw out phrases such as donut holes and Medicare Advantage, and made it clear neither party is willing to make any substantive changes now. The politics of the debate was more important than the debate.
Ted Cruz — the almost certain new U.S. senator from Texas after the fall elections — was on the show. He kept saying we need better leadership, but did not lead with any details of what he wants to change.
Once again the media screwed up another chance to encourage a more meaningful discussion of the role of healthcare in our lives, Medicare and otherwise. Instead, the best it could do is talk about writing checks for healthcare, not what the system should provide in the first place.
It looks like the media won’t lead this discussion, so who will?
Anybody interested in a symposium of concerned independent thinkers who will go around the country enabling a meaningful discussion of the issues we all must face to avoid bankrupting our children’s futures?
Just wondering. I’m probably being naïve again.