Healthcare has emerged as the number one domestic issue in the presidential campaign and it has taken a further leap upward in the days following the release, early last week, of Hillary Clinton’s plan.
Senator Clinton is the last of the Democratic candidates to release a healthcare proposal. Media coverage – news and commentary – has been high and wide which led me to wonder how pervasive it is.
A separate Google search for each Democratic candidate’s name with “healthcare plan” appended produced these numbers of stories (on Monday 24 September):
Mike Gravel – 19,200
Dennis Kucinich – 34,500
Christopher Dodd – 51,200
Joe Biden – 54,000
Bill Richardson – 67,700
Barack Obama – 128,000
John Edwards – 132,000
Hillary Clinton - 249,000
Further curious, I Googled each candidate’s name with the word “campaign” attached:
Mike Gravel – 1,800,000
Joe Biden – 1,890,000
Dennis Kucinich – 1,930,000
Christopher Dodd – 1,940,000
Bill Richardson – 2,480,000
Barack Obama – 2,630,000
John Edwards – 5,090,000
Hillary Clinton – 12,800,000
This is a not a scientific survey; Google results are skewed in all sorts of ways. But I don’t doubt the general proportion of stories about each healthcare plan and each candidate.
Hillary Clinton is the media darling of the 2008 campaign and because far less than a majority of Americans bothers to read newspapers at all and many of the rest don’t get beyond front-page headlines and the sports pages, Hillary Clinton is the candidate that emerges in most people’s minds.
Corporations control our elections by contributing huge amounts of money to candidates and the media, which are owned mostly by mega-corporations, are their handmaiden. They decide our election choices by using their power and money to hype candidates that best serve corporate America's profit goals and downplaying those who do not.
This is not news to any thinking person and it is a terrible commentary on what our republic has become. These simple Google numbers are all that is needed to understand why public funding is necessary to reinstate fair elections.
Is there anyone out there willing to bet me that Senator Clinton will not be the Democratic candidate?
[At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Matty explains why the most important Three Little Words are not the ones you think she means in the title.]