If you’ve ever searched online for answers to a health related question chances are you have come across WebMD, a popular medical news and information website. What you probably didn’t know is that WebMD has received millions of dollars from the Obama administration to “educate” physicians about Obamacare.
Two months before enrollment began in the Obamacare exchanges, the administration’s top health care official heaped praise on WebMD for launching an online resource to help Americans navigate the complex law.
The consumer health care site had the occasional nice thing to say about Obamacare, too. In one article, it predicted doctors might pick up more patients and crowed in an article titled “7 Surprising Things About the Affordable Care Act” that many consumers already had received insurance refunds under the law.
But what neither Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius nor WebMD mentioned at the time was that the company, which millions of Americans regularly read for health news, also stood to earn millions of dollars from a federal contract to teach doctors about Obamacare. …
WebMD says it doesn’t believe it had an obligation to disclose to its broad consumer base its $4.8 million contract with the government. The company says the contract, while awarded to WebMD, went through its Medscape platform, which provides continuing education to doctors in a password-protected portal and is run independently from WebMD’s news operation.
Of course they should have disclosed the arrangement. I doubt most people would think of WebMD as a political website and trust that the news they read there is unbiased. But how can they be unbiased when they received almost $5 million from the federal government to promote Obamacare, even if it is on a different platform? The federal government is now their customer, which changes everything. It’s even worse than the bias we see coming from the MSM because now WebMD has 4.8 million reasons to be biased.