I know better than to expect anything short of liberal bias on 60 Minutes. And I really know better that to expect anything short of unabashed bias when a segment of the long-running CBS show is being touted by the left-wing advocacy group Families USA. Normally, I would have just ignored it.p>Unfortunately, this time I couldn’t. On Wednesday I received the following email from the group that thinks all things good in health care come from the government: br> /p>
On Sunday, April 1, 60 Minutes will run a hard-hitting segment about the prescription drug lobby….Part of the program is based on data from the Families USA report, No Bargain: Medicare Drug Plans Deliver High Prices. This report shows the huge differences between prices secured by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — which does bargain for cheaper drug prices — and the much higher prices charged by all the private drug plans in Medicare Part D.br> When that report was first released back in January, it didn’t take long to find out how misleading it was. Shortly thereafter, the think-tank I work for, the National Center for Public Policy Research, issued a press release pointing out how Families USA was cooking the data: br>
As an example of the flawed nature of the Families USA report, [David] Hogberg notes that the Medicare drug price data used in the report to compare Medicare drug costs to the VA’s drug costs come from only two counties — Montgomery County, Maryland and Hamilton County, Ohio. Based on median household income, both counties are above the national average. Montgomery County, for instance, is the fourth-richest county in the nation. Since wealthier areas, on average, tend to pay higher prices, Families USA’s use of these counties as the source of their sample data all but guarantees that the Medicare drug prices data in their study will be exaggeratedly high….br> Apparently, 60 Minutes isn’t all that sensible. Not only did the show’s researchers apparently miss our press release, but they seemed to have no interest in the warnings that I sent them on Thursday and Friday. I first called them on Thursday, leaving a message on the show’s answering machine. A little later I sent an email to 60 Minutes that explained the problems with the Families USA report and concluded, “I want to emphasize that if you use the report in your segment, in the interest of journalistic objectivity you should have someone on the segment disputing its findings.” On Friday I followed up with a fax, another phone call, and another email.
“I trust that sensible members of Congress and the media will dismiss this study for the nonsense that it is,” Hogberg said.
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