AMERICAN SPECTATOR STANDS BY REPORT: Obama Officials Sat On Damning Obamacare Info Until After Congressional Vote

This is a Big F***ing Deal.
The Obama-Pelosi Regime took control of one-sixth of the nation’s economy when they passed their nationalized health care bill and signed it into law in late March. The bill was never popular but democrats persisted and rammed the bill through Congress. Now, there are reports that the Obama Administration sat on damning information and hid it from the public until after their bill was passed into law.
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The results from the HHS report that was released more than a month after the vote were devastating for Barack Obama and democrats. It is not likely they would have been able to ram their health care bill through Congress if the American public knew the bill would actually increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on Americans.

The report released by Medicare and Medicaid actuaries predicted that medical costs will skyrocket, rising $389 billion 10 years. 14 million will lose their employer-based coverage. Millions of Americans will be left without insurance and millions more may be dumped into the already overwhelmed Medicaid system. 4 million American families will be hit with tax penalties under this new law.

Of course, these were ALL things that President Obama and Democratic leaders assured us would not happen.
Via Special Report:

On Monday the American Spectator reported that a damning health care report generated by actuaries at the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department was given to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius more than a week before the health care vote. Sebelius and the Obama Administration reportedly hid the report from the public until a month after democrats rammed their nationalized health care bill through Congress.
The Prowler reported:

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.’…’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.’ In the end, the report was released several weeks after the vote…”

On Tuesday, Chief Medicare Actuary, Richard Foster, responded to the report. Foster claimed that HHS did not finalize their report until April 22. Ben Smith at The Politico reported:

An online article in The American Spectator about the most recent analysis by the CMS Office of the Actuary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is completely inaccurate. We began working on the reconciliation bill for the health reform legislation once it was publicly issued on March 18 – three days before the House vote took place on March 21. Because of the details and complexity of the legislation, it wasn’t possible to estimate the package before the Senate vote. We began work on the estimates right away, but we didn’t finalize them until the afternoon of April 22

Consistent with the Office of the Actuary’s longstanding independent role on behalf of Congress, we did not seek approval or clearance from HHS (or anyone else) before issuing our analysis.

After the first report was published on Monday, I contacted The American Spectator.
On Thursday, they responded with an update on the Prowler Blog. They are standing by their report that senior HHS officials knew before the MArch 21 vote that the then-bill would increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on Americans.
The American Spectator reported:

Several points related to the push back by the Obama Administration and the Medicare’s Office of the Actuary and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to our recent post regarding the office’s report on the Obama health care reform legislation. Recall, the study determined that the law would actually increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on consumers, when the administration had claimed that the law would do neither.

The Prowler reported via sources inside Health and Human Services that data from the study that indicated that costs would hit consumers in the pocketbook was made available to the senior officials in HHS, prior to final passage of the legislation in the House. The report never stated that it was submitted for approval. Such reports by “non-political” or “nonpartisan” entities inside Cabinet departments, such as the Bureau of Justice Statistics in the Department of Justice, routinely provide, to senior leadership offices in a department, studies and reports with data that often run counter to an Administration’s liking, and often before those reports are released to the media or the public.

It should be noted that in the Bush Administration, such reports were often leaked to reporters days before officials in the administration received them, allowing the “nonpartisan” agencies to shape their facts and studies with almost no push back from the departments in question.

Our sources stand by the facts that prior to final passage of the health care reform bill on Sunday, March 21, the Office of the Actuary had provided senior leaders inside HHS with data that indicated the then-bill would increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on Americans. And that data was not provided to anyone publicly until after the legislation was passed.

That the report was issued after the bill’s passage is not in dispute. What is in dispute is who had data and when were those estimates initially available.

There you have it.
Democrats and the Obama Administration sat on damning information about their health care legislation and released it only after the bill was passed into law. This is certainly unethical and most likely criminal.
This is a Big F***ing Deal.

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  • Chippy

    Electronic medical records from over 300 Americans will be available to the gov’t panel so that panel can tell your doctor what he can and can’t do to you. This is so the gov’t can SAVE money. That is collectivism for the common good. Also, if buy(or have)your own insurance it has to be up to the guidlines of the gov’t. If it isn’t your fined. This all begins in 2014. You will have to show your tax papers to the IRS every April to prove all of this. Now that is true Nazism!

  • Daniel

    Love that you will have to show your tax papers to the IRS. Typical govt, they wont be able to find what they already have. This isnt about health care its about marxism. Barry is your new proctologist arent you thrilled!!!!

  • Andrew

    So, are the those in charge of government hoping that by behaving like Sam Bowden the American People won’t go Max Cady?

  • dems and obamao lie nahhhh say it isnt so /sarc off

  • Mikey

    The most corrupt and unethical administration to over hold the White House. No surprise to me. I just pray there are consequences to be paid. Like repeal?

  • MerNJ

    So where are the Republicans in Congress asking for heads to roll? Oh that’s right, they’re worn out from the Obamacare fight and have no more stamina or will. Remember November and throw them all out!

    I hope the states suing can incorporate this info into their lawsuits.

    BFD

  • Andreas K.

    Hey, they’re basing it off the NHS in the UK.

    Of course they’d lie about the facts and keep them hidden. Anyone who has ever been in a public hospital in the UK knows how bad the reality is.

  • Sal

    “‘ Everyone went into lockdown, and people here were too scared to go public with the report.’ ”

    thanks a lot, you pussilanimous, um, Traitors!
    yeah, that sounds good. Sell out all your countrymen for your own tiny careers.
    Despicable.

  • LimoLibsStink

    0bama:

    What is the big deal? I have always hidden all of my documents from the Tax Payers. Why should I start being honest now? I hate to use the word illegal or suppressing evidence. I prefer to call it “organizing.” Well, organizing a cover-up that is. He he! Better yet, I won’t be joining 0bamacare. It’s for the Tax payers. It sucks.

    It becoming so easy to swindle the Tax Payers I almost feel guilty – but I don’t. Ha ha! I really should be behind bars instead of behind this desk. But, I love cheating the rubes. I get a tingle down my leg every time I do so. Wait, I think I just p1ssed in my own boot.

    My limousine is running and I have to Barney Frank Greece… without grease. Ha ha! Good day.

  • Militant Conservative

    Obama care violates HIPPA regulations. This is not over and will not stand. That is why the house is trying to get Puerto Rico as a state. 2 senators and 6 congressmen ans a boat load of voters. War is coming.
    powder is dry.

  • Ladue Pundit

    MerNJ
    April 30th, 2010 | 7:11 am | #7
    So where are the Republicans in Congress asking for heads to roll? Oh that’s right, they’re worn out from the Obamacare fight and have no more stamina or will. Remember November and throw them all out!
    ——————-
    The Republicans, namely Paul Ryan, have been trying to get this out for months. The R Party has no majority in either house. Right now they’re being stonewalled on the Ft. hood massacre dossier.

    “Voting them all out” is what the Democrats want. That is how the Democrats, campaigning as being more conservative than their Republican rivals in 2006, were able to assume majorities in both houses.

    Voters like you, unable to discern between posers and the real deal, brought us to this point.

  • sjs

    How much more can you take? This is sickening.

  • Rebecca

    I don’t believe repeal will happen. Republican or Democrat, they are all being controlled by the same few people.

  • I recall the grilling Condi Rice took from democrats because of a vague memo that Bin Laden was going to attack US territory. It was politically used to imply that Bush was asleep at the wheel and bore the blame for preventing the attack that ultimately killed thousands and jolted the economy by nearly a trillion dollars.

    Now here we have a specific report warning of an attack on the US economy naming the where, how and when and it is not acted on. Given that democrats are fond of saying that people are dying without health care we can assume thousands will die from a shortage of services through prohibitive costs.

    Who really betrayed the people ?

  • avery

    Well,their no douth about the “Death Panel”now they have plan to put the illegal on the rolls all the time those that will be going on Medical will total kill the sates on property taxs.

  • JR

    Oh yeah. I saw this very item turned into a bigtime scandal on NBC/CBS/ABC/CNN/NYT/WaPo/LATimes (NOT!). (You would think their conscience would get to them at some point and these so-called news outlets would start reporting on all this Democrat corruption – apparently not. They really are part of the Democrat Media Complex.)

  • Chippy

    Spot on #12

    Rahm Emanuel was in charge of finding and vetting House Congressional candidates in 2006. He was looking and finding blue dogs and moderate democrats (socialists) to run in conservative districts. The lying national and local media spun big bad George Bush, the war sucks, people are blowing up in Iraq and we are losing stories day after day. Hence, socialist were elected and sworn in. Then came the Obama anti-war campaign. And this is where we are today.

  • unbelievable!

    CRIMINAL. REPEAL. And now with Obama and his buddies setting up exchanges and businesses to retrofit huge office buildings with “green” technology before there’s any demand at all for it, just WAITING for Obama to put into law the cap ‘n trade and retrofit laws needed to force people into these conveniently waiting mechanisms thus enriching himself and his buddies. NOW THAT IS CRIMINAL. Our POTUS is a crook. Start the clock, let’s see how long until he answers criminally and we restore law and order to our country.

  • unbelievable!

    What’s with Lindsay Graham? How about John McCain? Do they also enrich themselves with Cap ‘n Trade? How come they’re so adamant in supporting this fraud? Have they bought into the CCX? I want to know. Buncha frauds.

  • kato

    I thought the Clintons were liars without peer. The Blowhard and his comrades have got them beat by a mile.

    And asskiss media just lick it up. Journalists really are the biggest dopes in this society.

  • Larkin

    Democrats and their winged-monkey media lie.

    It’s what they do.

    And they’re damned good at it. (Practice makes perfect.)

    Unfortunately, too many Americans have their head too far up their own ass to notice.

  • JasonsS

    Even if they didn’t receive this report until after the vote, it still means that they went ahead and voted for a potentially devastating bill knowing fine well that a very important and relevant report was due to be released. At best, it shows that they did not care what was in the report one way or the other. A responsible government would have waited for the result of this report before going ahead. So they either sat on the report or didn’t get it bit didn’t care. There is no way on Earth they can come out of this one smelling of roses. If the GOP doesn’t milk this one for all it’s worth in the campaign, I’m done with them.

  • Sandy

    This Healthcare Bill is Obama’s Watergate. When the Republicans take Congress–God Willing this will all be investigated and by the time the bribes, threats and lies come to light there will be no need to ever institute this.

    Obama is terrified of a Republican Congress and will do anything to stop this from happening–including rushing through an Amnesty Bill guaranteed to rile up most Americans.

    In the Healthcare Bill Obama bit off more than he could chew. CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR BO YOU MIGHT JUST GET IT.

  • Valerie

    LaDue # 12 and Chippy # 18 are right:

    Rebecca
    April 30th, 2010 | 8:15 am | #14
    I don’t believe repeal will happen. Republican or Democrat, they are all being controlled by the same few people.

    unbelievable!
    April 30th, 2010 | 9:09 am | #20
    What’s with Lindsay Graham? How about John McCain? Do they also enrich themselves with Cap ‘n Trade? How come they’re so adamant in supporting this fraud? Have they bought into the CCX? I want to know. Buncha frauds.

    **************

    Act on the ideas at # 14 and #20, and the radicals will win again in the next round of elections.

    The radicals among the Democrats hate and fear Joe Lieberman, Michael Steele, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain, to name a few, because these people appeal to the big middle of the political spectrum.

    And, let’s not bother with blather about impeachment unless and until we can all list the elements of a crime. Bad policy is not grounds for impeachment.

  • Sandy

    Without the compliant media none of this could have happened. Course it took Watergate 2 years to perculate into a giant scandal.

    Its interesting to look at the British elections which take place on May 6. The people flirted with the idea of a Liberal Democrat leader until they found out he had an Amnesty Bill for Illegals–Brown the Labour Leader was a cooked goose after his arrogance got the better of him and he trashed a Granny. Now the Conservatives have taken the lead.

  • Sandy

    Valerie — Congress put through a bill in the 80’s under Reagan which would give Seniors Catastrophic Insurance under Medicare but would cost more in premiums. The Seniors hated this bill so much that the bill had to be repealed. So it does happen.

    Right now this Healthcare Bill is becoming more unpopular by the day and if instituted would destroy this country’s economy. Let us see….

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  • Chippy

    I wonder if Soros was the joker who took out 500 billion in money market funds in mid September ’08 that shook the market so bad that the FDIC could not replace? Hence, we needed TARP by the weekend so the financial world wouldn’t blow up.

    Also, will he do the same thing before the election?

    This guy should be hauled in front of congress for investigation. Oh…..yea….forgot. There isn’t enough American republicans in congress for subpoena power.

  • RFW

    What did Obama know and when did he know it?

  • Stuart

    Valerie #25 “Bad policy is not grounds for impeachment”. True enough, but fraud is. Any corporate executive who sat on a bad report in order to boost his company’s stock price would face criminal charges. This is in effect what the administration did to sell health care. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t that one of the charges filed against Enron?

  • Valerie

    Stuart,

    You’re right about Enron. And you’re right about fraud. But it is just ‘way too easy to defend against this particular incident by saying that they thought the report was flawed and sent it back for re-drafting.

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  • Valerie

    Sandy
    April 30th, 2010 | 9:30 am | #26

    Repeal based in part on the revelations of this report is feasible. It would certainly be worth a try, and there is no reason to wait for the elections to press for it.

    If, for example, our various Senators and Congressmen (especially the Democrats) were swamped with polite, well-reasoned emails and letters referencing this story, demanding repeal, and threatening to vote for somebody else, it could happen.

  • Texmom

    “I thought the Clintons were liars without peer. The Blowhard and his comrades have got them beat by a mile.” That’s for sure. They were just warming things up.
    I am pleased to see the different thoughts in these comments. Everyone is really putting this all together. We will prevail. Pray.

  • pm

    Agreed this is a big *&^%$$ deal; nothing was going to stop this “keystone” from being set in the “arch of socialism.”

    OT, but worth considering: found this earlier today:

    http://logisticsmonster.com/2009/04/22/convenient-deaths/

    It covers just four of a number of suspicious suicides/deaths.

    Scroll down to “bluesky” for his comment on Gwatney, the superdelegate, not changing his support from Hillary to BO as the report claims.

    Other commenters question Tim Russert’s death and may be the reason NBC is so in the tank for BO.

    Impossible? Intimidation is the order of the day with this administration. And we know they don’t value life. A handful or two convenient deaths are a nonissue when you’ve discussed the logistics of murdering 25million.

    Explains Hill and Bill folding so neatly, too. How many others – thinking they’re so special – are playing along with this evil but will one day realize they’re no longer ‘of the chosen’?

    Imagine hanging with people you can’t trust. At all. Gotta be hell.

  • cvxvxcv

    In November Impeach!

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  • dallasdan

    This is not surprising. BO has his socialist agenda, and he will not let a timely release of the truth get in the way.

  • cody

    Sorry to pose this question, but why is it that the source of this article comes out with the truth after the thing is a done deal?

    After Obamacare was passed, the same source noted in an article that the WH used the lull after Sen. Scott Brown’s win in MA to overcome the obstacles against it, because the GOP let down their guard.

    It also mentioned that when the American public did not react/show their opposition in polls to the Blair House summit/Bipartisan show, the president pushed for passing Obamacare by dropping plans for his overseas trip.

    Considering how difficult it is to obtain repeal of Obamacare – big majority in House, Senate and winning the White House in 2012, why did
    the people in the know NOT speak out earlier, when it COULD have made a difference?

    Weren’t damaging documents regularly leaked to the press during the Bush administration?

    What, pray tell, stopped the people who had this information from revealing it then, rather than now?

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