How timely is this? Dubuque's local newspaper on Monday in its banner headline declares,"Local health care costs among lowest in US." The 1000-word text contains quotes from just two people, the two CEOs of our two local hospitals, along with their photos, as they exchange self-congratulatory plaudits on their work, that is cited by the Center for Economic Performance.
Corporate US media provides a feel-good story on behalf of for-profit local health care corporations, who in a strange twist of fate, are also generous advertisers.
Meanwhile in the midst of this celebration, I continue to pay that additional $204 per month, since Jan 1, 2016, on my monthly health insurance premium. Expensive insurance for lousy coverage, but it looks like I should be more happy, according to the local newspaper.
This front-page story is programming, aka brainwashing.