ABC Condemns Society for Failing to Insure Children

Just before the Democratic debate, ABC "World News Sunday" provided their health care talking points for them in the June 3 broadcast.

Reporter Dan Harris presented the viewpoint that American taxpayers have a moral obligation to make sure all children have insurance, citing two left-wing Clinton supporters and several tragic stories.

“If you judged a country by how it treats its most vulnerable people, we're certainly failing when we leave 9 million children behind,” said Ron Pollack of the liberal Families USA.

Harris neglected to inform viewers of Families USA’s liberal agenda. Pollack and his organization have consistently promoted more government involvement and control of health care. In 1994, Pollack supported the Clinton administration’s plan for a federal takeover of health care.

Marian Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund was the second liberal advocate in the report. She said the uninsured end up costing taxpayers money. Edelman is also a longtime friend of Hillary Clinton, but you didn't hear that from Harris.

The segment ignored the free market perspective entirely, promoting the idea that our nation is a moral disgrace for not providing health insurance to all nine million children who don't have any.

Ironically, Harris cited three families' tragedies, but in two of those cases parents had to fight government "red tape" to get treatment for their kids -- who tragically died. But the reporter didn't ask how a government-run universal system (promoted in the story) would be better, since more government would likely mean more red tape.

Julia A. Seymour
Julia A. Seymour
Julia A. Seymour is the Assistant Managing Editor for the MRC's Business and Media Institute.