Boston Globe warms to Bernie Sanders

Boston Globe warms to Bernie Sanders

PE Bias Grade : B-

By: Allen Nitschelm on March 3, 2020 | Article Review

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Article Title A softer Bernie Sanders?
Date 02/28/2020
Article Link Boston Globe ( Page A1 )
Syndicated From N/A
Journalist Liz Goodwin
Article Summary

Globe spotlights the Bernie Sanders campaign as the new front-runner.

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The Boston Globe may be preparing to switch horses. Out with the old, in with the older.

The pending demise of Elizabeth Warren aside, the Globe obviously supports Bernie Sanders too. His only problem is his gender, but once the last standing woman drops out, the Globe will have to pick the best man left. And since they wholeheartedly support the Warren agenda, which most voters know as “Bernie Lite,” they will move over to Sanders and urge the Party to get behind someone with real values and who will make real change.

But of course, that’s the problem most voters are going to have. You can’t sell socialism unless you…fib a lot. So the Boston Globe is starting the fibs and will let Sanders soft-pedal and explain away his socialist programs so they don’t sound so bad.

Here is this article’s case in point. Let me go with the quote first:

“He believes in free markets,’’ he added. “He understands that 85 percent of jobs in this country are private-sector jobs.’’

In fact, at a CNN town hall this week, Sanders assured a voter that Medicare for All would not be “government-run’’ health care, and that doctors and nurses would not be employed by the government. “As you know, under Medicare, you go to any doctor you want, it’s not government-run,’’ he said.

Of course Medicare is not “government-run.” Currently, our government does not run private health care. That would likely change under a Sanders administration.

So whether doctors directly work for the government or if private practices “bill” the government for the services they provide, all private insurance would be eliminated under the Sanders plan. So the net effect is that the government can set prices and tell doctors what to charge. This may technically not be “working for the government” but the effect is the same. Instead of doctors being able to negotiate their fees with insurance companies (and refuse to take some insurance patients if the negotiated fees are not high enough), the doctors would have no bargain power versus the government. Doctors would “take it or leave it.”

And that is before the government decides that costs need to be cut because the program is way too expensive and over-budget. Once that happens, all hell breaks loose.

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