The New York Times story about Bain Capital gouging Medicare is not taking off in the rest of the media. I posted a blog about this gouging on August 14. If you haven't read it, please do so. And read the August 14 NYT story it refers to.
Let's be clear! The Romney's are still getting wealth from Bain Capital. Bain Capital's gouging of Medicare through its ownership of the hospital chain HCA, as detailed in the NYT, is clearly benefitting the Romneys. We know Romney still gets money from Bain!
In plain language, Mitt Romney is ROBBING MEDICARE! And also making money on BEDSORES! And bedsores aren't funny nor trivial! They are the key indicia of inadequate care, plus they HURT!
Why isn't the media following up on the NYT story? Three reasons: First, the NYT story missed a big point. It didn't mention that Romney is personally benefitting from the Bain/HCA gouging of Medicare. That's because the NYT writer is from the Business Section of the paper. In fact, the story was quickly pulled from the front page and consigned to the business pages. Which mostly the well-to-do read. And the well-to-do applaud HCA/Bain/Romney slurping up Medicare money. (In the view of too many GOP businessmen, the sole purpose of government is to run programs the rich can loot with government contracts, etc.)
Second, the more politically-hip NYT reporters aren't keen on tackling a "financial" story". They don't feel competent. Plus it's work. Plus it may be complicated. Who wants to "get into the weeds"? But, darlings, that's where the action is! Those who mind the cash register run the store! Back in my law school days, I noted that none of my Democratic or female fellow-students took the courses in tax law or business law. I was the sole woman in those classes! Why must women and Democrats feel business is "beyond them"? Too many reporters, male and female, still do.
Third - and this may be the biggy - a provident universe just gave the political reporters Paul Ryan! With little Paulie to run with, the reporters are not inclined to switch horses until they have beaten this story to death. That's show biz these days, folks! I mean, "the media".
So how do we get the media to pursue this Bain/HCA/Romney story?
Lawrence O'Donnell of MSNBC "The Last Word" is our best bet. As a former chief counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, O'Donnell isn't afraid of business-type stories. And he's the one commentator who has most consistently and convincingly pursued Romney's tax returns.
You can email him at email@example.com.
This Romney-loots-Medicare story could be the election! AND we need to stop the theft of Medicare money that's needed for our elderly. We also need Bain/HCA to reverse the profit-increasing nursing cuts that have caused a horribly high rate of bedsores, infections, and deaths.
The bedsores you stop may be your own! Or your dad's. Or your grandma's. Plus, the Medicare money we keep from Bain-Romney may someday finance YOUR medical care!
So email O'Donnell! Right now!
And then again three days from now. And then again three days after that. And then again. And then again. And then again. Keep up the pressure and persuasion!
Can we get O'Donnell to push this story? You betcha we can!