Saturday, December 6, 2008

Plagiarism - NYT or WSJ

Reading the New York Times online, I was reminded about a story that I read in with Wall Street Journal. After rereading both stories, it appears one of the writers basically rewrote the other's "story" (without attribution) and added new information. Literal plagiarism – Not. Plagiarism of the thought behind the story – Yes.

Sadly – both stories are about people who think they have "Health Insurance" only to find out their employer had a "self insured" plan administered by a third party (like Blue Cross). Unfortunately, when an employer backing a self-insured plan goes under, Cobra benefits go out the window. Furthermore, people with existing bills end up as unsecured creditors of that company.

Cites:     When a Job Disappears, So Does the Health Care

    For Workers, Medical Bills Add to Pain as Firms Fail

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