It looks like a certain scandal story is starting to pick up some steam…
** Code Red Alert **
The NRCC is reporting this latest Code Red Alert:
Sources: White House Withheld Information to Pass ObamaCare
Obama Administration Knew Healthcare Takeover Would Increase Costs
Pelosi: “We Have To Pass The Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It”:
“You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don’t know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention—it’s about diet, not diabetes. It’s going to be very, very exciting. But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Pelosi Remarks, 03/25/10)
RED ALERT: HHS Sources: White House Withheld Information To Get Healthcare Votes:
“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 — the review by the secretary’s office reportedly took less than three days — and bore a note that the analysis was not the official position of the Obama administration.’” (“What Lies Beneath,” American Spectator, 4/26/2010)
More… David Freddoso weighs in at The Washington Examiner.
UPDATE: The Chief Medicare Actuary, Richard Foster, denied the report today.