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Washington Times employees get ObamaCare windfall

(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Back in December 2009, when the White House’s health-care initiative was still under consideration, a Washington Times editorial blasted the notion of an individual mandate to buy insurance:

Unconscionable, unconstitutional, unpopular - that’s a trifecta no sensible senator would embrace.

A March 2010 editorial carried this highly equivocal line:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi fixated on the mantra that the Democrats’ health plan is “historic,” but so was the Black Plague.

And so on.

Obamacare, however, isn’t holding any grudges against the Washington Times. Have a look at this memo from the company’s human resources division:

Talk abut Obamacare coming through for the Washington Times. As noted in the memo, employees are getting a 3.2 percent rebate on their 2011 medical premium.

One rebate beneficiary reports having received about $150, enough for fine dinner for two in a solid Washington restaurant. Or many more dinners for two at a New York Avenue fast-food joint near Washington Times HQ.

The question for close watchers of the Washington Times is whether this government-promulgated windfall will affect the paper’s editorial tone on the Affordable Care Act.

Not a chance, notes Editorial Page Editor Brett Decker:

I don’t look forward to being old when Obamacare’s death panels kick in, so I might use this small windfall to buy cigars, firewater and a big steak to shave some days off the other end. Guess that goes to say that I don’t foresee any change in our editorial policy.

Another smart destination for the money would be Americans for Prosperity, a super PAC that’s fighting for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. That way, Decker and his fellow Obamacare opponents won’t have to worry about cashing similar checks in the future.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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