What does that mean for the millions of Americans not getting care that could save or improve their lives? That’s what reporters should be investigating along with the “ too much care” story that plays into the hands of policymakers who have defined policy with the single goal of saving money for the system. McCormick had the last word:

The cost of care is acknowledged now as the fundamental crisis in the healthcare system. We would be thinking differently if we thought that the fundamental crisis is that millions of people are not receiving the care that they need.
The overtreatment story has become a new staple of pack journalism. Remapping Debate shows what reporters can find when they don’t follow the pack.

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Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.