Recently I gave a very egregious example of the lying and deceit practiced by the Boston Globe and the journalists it hires or strings when it comes to furthering its political causes. The example had nothing to do with Massachusetts or health care or statistics but was so biased that it made it easy to explain the Globe's tactics. In fact it was so biased that the reporter had to go into the comments section and explain his or her spurious reason for deceiving the readers.
Most of the deception on RomneyCare is much less obvious and therefore much harder to spot. But the lead story in the Boston Globe on March 25 (might require subscription), which was all about Massachusetts and health care and statistics, was equally misleading and deceitful. For example:
- The article said individual premiums went down 40% under RomneyCare. Individual premiums did not go down because of the individual mandate as this biased Globe reporter says but because the individual and small group markets were coincidentally merged at the same time as RomneyCare. This 40% claim has spread because the brilliant MIT economist Jonathan Gruber did not carefully read an AHIP study that says don't compare any state from one year to another year (because of the AHIP research methodology) and that specifically says don't put any stock in Massachusetts' results (because the markets are being merged).
- In addition, the biased Globe reporter completely ignores the fact that that drop in individual rates only affected 40,000 (0.5%) out of 6,500,000 of us anyways, was for only one year, the state estimates that the rates went down only 20% rather than 40% the Obamacare/Romneycare-profiteer Gruber claimed, and the individual and the small group rates have since skyrocketed up almost twice as fast as large group rates.
-- Dennis Byron