These stories about consensus-building for Medicare are similar to those the media ran a year ago when Washington elites began planning their new legislative agenda. The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery then reported that “a surprisingly broad consensus is forming around the actions required to stabilize borrowing and ease fears of a European-style debt crisis in the United States.” That consensus, she wrote, had formed around a package of options for cutting the deficit, which included smaller Social Security checks and higher Medicare premiums. We asked: “A consensus of whom?” Was it Beltway opinion makers, reporters, or ordinary people who said they didn’t like those ideas? The same can be asked about Medicare.
01:59 PM - December 19, 2011
The Coverage of Wyden-Ryan, Round One
Consensus building to privatize Medicare
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It’s a story that is evolving in real time
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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.