Lia Kozatch: If you’re sneaky, you’re going to get caught
The term “disappeared” can apply in a variety of ways, most notably when people, usually people vocally opposing government actions, disappear suddenly and without a trace. Members of our government have been doing this with critical health care information for a few years, most recently by removing information about breast cancer, reproductive health and low-income health care resources from the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office on Women’s Health.
The webpage “disappeared” in December of last year, right in the midst of people finalizing their ACA reregistration. No one likes to discover that information that can help them make decisions is purposely hidden or removed, most especially from sources that are meant to serve the public.
Amanda Michelle Gomez wrote this in her piece on ThinkProgress, “The pages were removed on December 6, 2017 because content was not mobile-friendly and very rarely used,” an HHS spokesperson told ThinkProgress. “Before we update any of the information … we engage in a comprehensive audit and use analysis process that includes reviewing other federal consumer health websites to ensure we are not duplicating efforts or presenting redundant information.”
Well, there wasn’t an announcement to the public letting them know what they were doing so as not to alarm anyone seeking out critical health information. This came after someone called them out on what they had done. I don’t know about you, but I was taught that communication before big decisions get made lowers the chance of anger, misinformation being spread, and ultimately, keeps our stress levels lower.
If you’re sneaky, you’re going to get caught, and things end up worse than if you are upfront and honest in the beginning.
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