As physicians are saying goodbye to organized medicine maybe organized medicine should realize it is time to say goodbye to bias.
In a recent email “Update” the NJ Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons trumpeted a headline copied directly from the Governor’s press release:
Governor Murphy Announces Impact of New Jersey’s Actions to Stabilize Health Insurance Market
Can’t we at least report the news without bias and have the debate and discussion in our newsletter rather than a rosy review a Partisan headline?
The recitation of the Governor’s talking points continued:
The reduction in health insurance rates is the direct result of New Jersey’s first-in-the-nation action to continue an individual mandate, after the elimination of the mandate by the Trump Administration at the federal level, and to implement a reinsurance program beginning in 2019. The two laws, signed by Governor Murphy in May, were cited by the Center for American Progress in its listing of New Jersey as the national leader among states for having taken action to protect consumers from federal sabotage of the Affordable Care Act.
Why isn’t the headline, “Governor Murphy forces mandatory tax payer bailout of insurance companies per ACA.” ACA 2010 forces taxpayers to bailout insurance companies and their cronies under penalty of law and IRS.
We can objectively and comparatively report on what health insurance cost in 2009 when basic and essential (B&E) coverage by Horizon was inexpensive before it was canceled due to ACA. For many New Jerseyans, their premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs doubled due to ACA since 2010.
Can’t we at least Report the news without bias and have the debate and discussion in our NJAOPS newsletter rather than a rosy review a partisan headline directly from Trenton?
We do credit NJAOPS for excising this sentence from its version of the Governor’s missive:
“Our work is based on the core belief that health care is a right – not a privilege,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “
We also credit NJAOPS with responding positively to this inquiry that they will try to improve their reporting in the future
However, IP4PI will take this opportunity to educate NJ Governor Murphy: