While Nick reports more surprises for businesses in the Democats’ health care overhaul, David Freddoso at the Washington Examiner reports that the Administration may have deliberately delayed the release of a report showing the legislation would increase costs. The analysis done by Medicare’s Office of the Actuary may have been on Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ desk “a week before the 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.”
Emphasis added. Can you imagine the media outcry if evidence had emerged that the Bush Administration suppressed a report on the cost of one of its programs? Come to think of it I do recall some story emerging about officials cooking the books on the costs of his prescription drug plan.
Let’s see if this story makes any mainstream media outlet and see if they investigate to see what Obama officials knew and when they knew it. I expect the media will show the same diligence with this story as they did with reports of violence and name-calling at rallies against government policies.
UPDATE: Over at Ace, the fetching Gabriel Malor has more:
So in addition to midnight votes and bribes to reluctant Congressmen, the Obama folks sat on government reports, reports that the taxpayers paid for, which would have shined a light on the President’s healthcare reform lies. And that’s what they were. He can’t plead ignorance. His own actuaries were telling him it would raise premiums while he was going on TV and saying the opposite.