Surely someone should be talking about all this during the campaign. The absence of stories about the primary care doc shortage typifies the limited nature of the media’s health care coverage. By focusing its lens solely on the most basic of questions—to insure, or not to insure—the press has failed to zoom out to to a wider view of the broken medical system.

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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.