Stop the Presses! Boston Herald Runs Correction!!

June 20, 2014

As most of you know, it’s a rare thing indeed to see a correction in the feisty local tabloid. Think of it as a sort of Halley’s Comment when one does turn up, as actually happened in today’s edition.

From the Herald’s op-ed page:

 

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Looks like a pretty harmless mistake, right? So why the correction in this case? Hell, the Heraldniks unapologetically manufacture news out of whole cloth all the time, like yesterday’s ludicrous front page:

 

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As old friend Dan Kennedy noted at Media Nation, “the Washington Redskins trademark ruling will have little effect.” But that had no effect on the Herald.

So back to the question: Why the correction to the Astrue column, which carried the headline “Connector mes$ demands probe.” Perhaps because of this:

[U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz] should look at the grant HHS awarded to Massachusetts to “help” other New England states build their exchanges. As silly as it looks now, HHS believed that Massachusetts would excel among the states because it built the first exchange during the Romney administration. Ironically, Connecticut is now providing Massachusetts with indispensable software and technical assistance. Ortiz needs to find out how [Massachusetts Health Connector Executive Director Jean] Yang spent the HHS grant and whether she illegally redirected funds to pay for the state’s staggering cost overruns.

 

Maybe the Herald’s finally lost enough libel lawsuits to make it a little less, well, Heraldish.

Or maybe not.

 


Boston Herald Has Health Issues

November 9, 2013

From our One Town, Two Different Places desk

To the Boston Herald, Obamacare is melting down. To the Boston Globe, it’s just gearing up.

Page One of today’s feisty local tabloid:

 

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Inside story:

Mass. health care sign-ups lag among those forced to switch

 

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Just weeks before a Jan. 1 enrollment deadline, state officials admitted yesterday that just 1 percent of the 150,000 Bay Staters facing canceled heath insurance under Obamacare rules have signed up for new plans.

Massachusetts Health Connector officials told the Herald that only 549 applicants — out of the 150,000 Bay Staters forced to switch their health plans to comply with Obamacare rules — are poised to receive insurance through the new system.

Technically, officials explained, even those few haven’t actually enrolled in new health plans yet.

“No, nobody’s enrolled,” said Scott Devonshire, chief information officer of the Massachusetts Health Connector, “because enrollment … doesn’t happen until a (health plan) carrier receives payment. It’s a semantics issue, I guess.”

 

And we know how much the Herald loves semantics issues, being so fastidious about details and all.

The Globe, for its part, is more like oblivious. From today’s page B1:

Parity rules issued for mental health care

The Obama administration issued rules Friday requiring most health insurers to provide similar coverage for people with mental and physical health problems, even as Massachusetts regulators pushed insurers this week to show that they are already complying with the spirit of the law.

The day marked a milestone for mental health advocates across the country who have been waiting five years since President George W. Bush signed the mental health parity law for its patient protections to go into effect.

“This final rule breaks down barriers that stand in the way of treatment and recovery services for millions of Americans,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a press release.

 

Not a word about healthcare signup problems for Massachusetts residents. On the other hand, though, “Massachusetts is seen as further ahead than many states in providing access to mental health care.”

That’s good news for the Heraldniks, because Obamacare’s driving them crazy.