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posted this in General News on March 19th, 2010

FAIR Blog » Blog Archive » Bill O’Reilly’s (Totally Bogus) Healthcare Stunner!


Bill O’Reilly’s (Totally Bogus) Healthcare Stunner!

03/17/2010 by Peter Hart

Last night on the O’Reilly Factor (3/16/10):

What I’m about to tell you is simply stunning.

A new survey published by the New England Journal of Medicine, a prestigious magazine, says that nearly half of primary care doctors in America could leave the medical profession if Obamacare is passed.

According to the Journal, 63 percent of physicians feel that healthcare reform is needed but should be done in a more gradual way. And an astounding 72 percent of doctors believe a public option, that is a government-run health insurance company, would have a negative impact on medical care in the USA.

Doctors hate the White House health plan–now that IS a story. And it’s published in a reputable scientific journal!

Or not.

Anyone trying to find the research will likely see it first at a right-wing blog like Hot Air– which linked to a New England Journal of Medicine “Career Center” website article that was actually the employment newsletter Recruiting Physicians Today. That this was not the journal itself would have been obvious to anyone reading the site.

The survey was done by the Medicus Firm, a “nationally retained physician search firm.” The main point of their poll is that health reform will create some kind of uncertainty, which  means the “strongest physician recruiters and firms will be in demand”– i.e., themselves.

After Media Matters investigated the matter, the New England Journal of Medicine posted an explanation on their site, explaining that the advertiser newsletter is not the journal, and they had nothing to do with the survey (which, it turns out, appears to have been an email survey of doctors in the firm’s database).

After leading his show with a bogus tale, surely Bill O’Reilly will correct the record tonight. Right?

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