So we have a suggestion. Instead of the gloom and doom scenarios or the rah-rah stories with quotes announcing that the golden moment for health reform has arrived, let’s report on why the country needs health care reform in the first place. We urge the media to examine what’s really happening to real people. The Philadelphia Inquirer is setting an example for how to do that. My next post will show what the paper is doing.


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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.