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Did Obama officials delay release of report on costs of health care overhaul until after House vote (on Obamacare)? (bumped)

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:04 pm - April 27, 2010.
Filed under: Media Bias,Obama Health Care Tax/Regulation

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“.

According to the Prowler:

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.

UP-UPDATE: The answer to the question posed in the title may be in the negative.

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4 Comments

  1. [...] This is charming.  You’d think someone was playing politics with the numbers. “The reason we were given was that they did not want to influence the vote,” says an HHS [...]

    Pingback by Health Care as Rorschach Test : Scary Libertarian — April 27, 2010 @ 2:40 pm - April 27, 2010

  2. crooks, creeps and boobs. liberals. democrats.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — April 27, 2010 @ 3:16 pm - April 27, 2010

  3. They seem to be denying the story of sitting on it now, but I am not sure that makes them look any better. Why not read the damn report before voting on it?

    Of course, no one bothered to actually read the bill, so I suppose it was too much to expect that they’d read a report on the consequences of the bill.

    Comment by MissTammy — April 27, 2010 @ 9:16 pm - April 27, 2010

  4. [...] Did Obama Administration hide report showing ObamaCare’s true costs? Well, I guess we’ll never have existential proof – but we’d have to figure they did. [...]

    Pingback by Out and About on a Wednesday Morning » Blogs For Victory — April 28, 2010 @ 10:04 am - April 28, 2010

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