Yesterday the Blogosphere was abuzz with the news that the administration knew in advance that the costs of health care will skyrocket under Obamacare. The American Spectator reported that the CMS report outlining huge leaps in costs to consumers was provided to HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius in advance of the vote on health care.
American Spectator went on to report:
“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.”
Later in the day, this damning information was rebutted by CMS director Richard Forster, who denied that the White House had the report in advance.
I certainly don’t know what is true but I do know that we now have proof that this law falls outside of the President’s own criteria for health care legislation, and the opposition to the law continues to grow. Close to 60% of the American public do not want Obamacare.
This report provides a perfect opportunity to repeal the law. The president said repeatedly that he would not sign a bill if it “bent the cost curve upward.” We now have proof that it does. (We should also ask why Congress and the administration would force the bill to a vote before the CMS report was available. This alone seems like malpractice)
The president is now campaigning around the country on containing the deficit, which his administration has increased beyond recognition. From my perspective, this administration came into office, immediately began looting everyone’s savings and is now demanding that we, the citizens cut back, so our elected overlords can continue to live at the Ritz.
Well here is a start on cutting that deficit Mr. President: Tell Congress to repeal the bill.
He won’t of course, because this was never about containing costs or providing health care. It was always about accumulating power. (But wouldn’t it be fascinating to see how many democrats would now vote for repeal given the fallout from their earlier vote?)