From ABC News....A Case Study of How the Media Skews Coverage on Drug Pricing

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  • 06/22/2006

Here’s an email I received from a producer at ABC about the Families USA “study.” The fact that it gets plastered and picked up as the default position that has to be defended against should tell you all you have to know about coverage bias…but read the entire email and get a load of the stacked questions I am supposed to answer. The full article about FUSA was attached to the email.

” Pasted below is Families USA News release on the cost of drugs under the Medicare prescription drug plan. World News Tonight Weekend is interested in a possible story looking at the issue of whether prescription are in fact now costing LESS for MORE seniors. Below are some questions. We will forward your responses to the ABC News correspondent and producer working on this story.

-What are your views on whether most seniors are or are not saving money on prescription drugs?If they are saving, could they be saving more? And if so, why not?

-Are prices of many of the most popular drugs going up? And if so, why?

-And what is the longterm impact on the plan of those rising prices?

-Are seniors who are saving on some drugs, just losing those savings to other now more expensive ones?

-And are the drug companies making even more money now because of this plan? “

Oy gevalt!


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