The PJ Tatler

WebMD Raking in Taxpayer Cash for Promoting Obamacare

This is corrupt. WebMD is supposed to be an impartial online medical reference. Instead, it has allowed itself to become an advertiser for an unpopular and destructive law that threatens the foundation of the American medical system.

The contract documents, reviewed by The Washington Times, reward WebMD handsomely. For instance, the fee schedule offers dozens of products, including:

  • As much as $126,826 for a single 5,000-word review article on scientific advances in a clinical topic.
  • Up to $68,916 for a four-minute video from an opinion specialist.
  • More than $140,000 for an eight-question online quiz.


WebMD says it doesn’t believe it had an obligation to disclose to its broad consumer base its $4.8 million contract with the government. The company says the contract, while awarded to WebMD, went through its Medscape platform, which provides continuing education to doctors in a password-protected portal and is run independently from WebMD’s news operation.

That’s a massive price for an article. Only a bloated, out of control government like ours could possibly consider it a fair price to pay.

As for WebMD, spin all you want. It’s a corrupt deal to promote a bad and very partisan policy. WebMD is suspect now.