The New York Times announced on Friday that it would be discontinuing its “Prescriptions” blog, dedicated to covering “the debate and aftermath of the 2009 health care law,” so that the paper could “direct limited production resources to other online projects.” Here’s the full announcement:
The Times is discontinuing the Prescriptions blog, which was created to track the debate and aftermath of the 2009 health care law. This change will allow us to direct limited production resources to other online projects. But we will continue our vigorous reporting on the health care industry, including coverage of patients, insurers, medical professionals and drug-makers, within the Business and Health sections and on the Well blog. Thanks to all of our readers.
Given the ongoing significance of health care to domestic policy, and the strong interest among liberals in the topic, the Times’s decision is interesting. Perhaps the Times got tired of defending the law against its various glitches and controversies?
In its own words, the discontinuation of “Prescriptions” allows the Times to focus its “vigorous reporting” on the misdeeds of “the health care industry, including coverage of patients, insurers, medical professionals, and drug-makers.” Note what’s missing in that paragraph: vigorous reporting on the mistakes of policymakers and government officials.