First, do no harm
When you go to your doctor, you are trusting that the advice they give you regarding medication, surgery and treatment options is the very best that it can be for you as an individual. You are placing your life in their hands when you follow their protocols. So today’s revelation that one of the world’s most-visited medical websites was paid millions in slush money to convince you to purchase government-mandated Obamacare is more than disturbing, it’s outrageous as well as immoral and unethical.
WebMD has received nearly $14 million to promote Obamacare, as part of a government initiative designed to get Americans to turn to “official information” on the health care law. The contract amount is much higher than was previously known, new documents revealed on Tuesday.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a “limited source justification” to extend WebMD’s contract through September 2015. The government has obligated a total of $13,932,914 for the “Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Health Care Priorities Educational Initiative” thus far.
“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010,” the contract document states. “As a result, the Act requires that CMS educate consumers about the benefits now available through that legislation.”
“Health Care Providers (HCPs) are important partners to assist in this outreach as they interact with the patient in the most crucial time for decision making on health care,” it said. “Additionally, CMS handles education on many priority health topics. This task order will allow CMS to reach a broader consumer and HCP audience on the aforementioned topics.”
WebMD was first awarded the contract in September 2011. The document released on Tuesday authorizes the company to receive approximately $650,000 more for the “continued education” of consumers through Sept. 15, 2015.
When the government’s deal with WebMD was first revealed last November, the contract was reportedly worth $4.8 million.