John on April 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm
Last week I noted a “new” HHS report which offered a negative assessment of ObamaCare’s ability to cut costs. Today the American Spectator says multiple sources inside HHS say this report was actually submitted to the Secretary and the White House the week before the big vote:
The economic report released last week by Health and Human Services, which indicated that President Barack Obama’s health care “reform” law would actually increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on consumers, had been submitted to the office of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius more than a week before the Congressional votes on the bill, according to career HHS sources, who added that Sebelius’s staff refused to review the document before the vote was taken.
“The reason we were given was that they did not want to influence the vote,” says an HHS source. “Which is actually the point of having a review like this, you would think.”
The analysis, performed by Medicare’s Office of the Actuary, which in the past has been identified as a “nonpolitical” office, set off alarm bells when submitted. “We know a copy was sent to the White House via their legislative affairs staff,” says the HHS staffer, “and there were a number of meetings here almost right after the analysis was submitted to the secretary’s office. Everyone went into lockdown, and people here were too scared to go public with the report.”
But remember, the administration is outraged by “disinformation” which affected the debate.
Update: HHS is denying it all. Their defense is that they didn’t even get the bill until 2 days before the vote, so there was no way to analyze it and put out this report. Uh…maybe. But hadn’t the Senate bill been around for a while? I mean, that’s what they voted on. It just seems to me that the majority of what was passed could have received the same analysis weeks or months earlier. All that to say, I’m not convinced this isn’t just Clinton-esque damage control. Let’s see if the Spectator has a follow up.
[HT: Hot Air]