FTC Launches Older Patient Info Site

The FTC launched the strangely named “Who Cares” resource site for older patients and those who care for them. It’s a reliable source for knowledge about generics, hormone therapies, hiring caregivers, hearing aids, and alternative treatments, located at ftc.gov/whocares.

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  1. homerjay- Smiling politely says:

    Okay, I’ll do it.

    Who cares?

  2. jusooho says:

    @ Ben

    who cares?

    ;)

  3. tbax929 says:

    Strangely named is correct. Can’t they do anything right?

  4. discounteggroll says:

    …like throwing gasoline into the fire ben

    =/

    who cares?

  5. Trai_Dep says:

    The GOP-appointed FTC chair’s original phrase, “Vacation on Ice Flows, Wrinkled Suckers!”, was regrettably jettisoned as they realized that collapsing 401Ks meant seniors will be working (damn it!) well past their 80s.

  6. Coles_Law says:

    Health care, brought to you by Abbott and Costello.

  7. ceriphim says:

    Definitely an odd title, even after you RTFA (this isn’t /. right, I won’t catch hell for actually reading an article, will I?)

    You have to get to the third paragraph before it mentions anything referential to the title… Design by committee? Or someone’s pet project?

    • TVarmy says:

      @ceriphim: It’s such a bad name, I’m wondering if perhaps they assigned designing the site to someone who doesn’t speak English as a first language, and then the organization cared so little for the site they pretty much gave the guy a free pass, leading to him giving it a title with an unfortunate meaning.

      That, or perhaps it was meant as a joke by somebody, and then it kept on getting green lit until it was actually on the site.

  8. Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

    @TVarmy: “perhaps it was meant as a joke by somebody, and then it kept on getting green lit until it was actually on the site. “

    Hoo, baby, I accidentally did that with a headline once, back when I worked at a newspaper — typed in a funny filler headline for a story to use until I could actually read the story and write a good one. And I forgot, and nobody else caught it, and it ran. Boy did my editors not find that amusing.

  9. Trencher93 says:

    Oh, the irony – a government web site on scams and frauds for the elderly when MEDICARE REQUIRES SENIORS TO USE INTERNET EXPLORER (and Windows) TO ACCESS THEIR ONLINE SERVICE, the most insecure buggy browser ever! If the FTC wanted to protect seniors, they’d get Medicare to ACCEPT FIREFOX!!!

  10. rport says:

    “Well, Bob, what do you want to call it?”

    “I don’t know, who cares, anyway?”

    “That’s it!! Who Cares! Bob, you’re a genius!”

  11. Ash78 ain't got time to bleed says:

    No they don’t. Keith Moon blinded me by throwing a drumstick once.

  12. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    It would at least make sense if this was done by the World Health Organization.

    It’s like one of the weirder optical illusions: I can’t make the title make sense in my head no matter how hard I try.

  13. oneandone says:

    Very poor decision. The rest of the site seems very useful – and the “Who cares about…” box at the bottom changes with every topic. So you’re actually seeing “Who cares about Medicare Fraud?” and “Who cares about Generic Drugs?” It makes sense there (and I like that they actually put together relevant links for each topic).

    But, overall – very bad first impression.

  14. m4ximusprim3 says:

    I find it charmingly refreshing. I wish our whole government was so transparent.