Chart via Doug Ross
Here, via Lynn Sweet at the Chicago Trib, is the President’s official schedule for April 27, 2010.
In the morning, the President will greet members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform in the Roosevelt Room. There will be a still photographer pool spray at the top of the greet. Following the greet, the President will deliver remarks in the Rose Garden, thanking the members of the Commission for their important service and underscore the importance of forging bipartisan consensus around recommendations to meaningfully improve our long-run fiscal health. The remarks are open press. The President will embark on another leg of the White House to Main Street tour with stops in Iowa. In the early afternoon, he will tour the Siemens Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing Plant in Fort Madison. There will be travel pool coverage of the tour. The President will then deliver remarks and share ideas with workers for continuing to grow the economy and to put Americans back to work. This event is open press.
I feel so much better, now, don’t you? Obama is going to deliver remarks on fiscal responsibility, and have his picture taken after the greet. This must mean he’s finally serious about reining in government spending!
And then on to Iowa for what? Has he pivoted entirely to jobs, or will he continue to talk up the ever popular health care legislation?
Is he done with his “aggressive White House public relations blitz to sell his newly signed health care overhaul to a skeptical and sometimes confused public”…
‘Cause I’m confused. I just heard that the White House sat on a damning HHS economic report about the health care bill until a month after it passed.
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.”
The analysis, performed by Medicare’s Office of the Actuary, which in the past has been identified as a “nonpolitical” office, set off alarm bells when submitted. “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.”
That’s just the latest of a series of embarrassing revelations that have come out since the passage of the bill.
One of the most embarrassing:
Failure to ensure immediate coverage for kids with pre-existing conditions—something Obamacare supporters had constantly promised was part of the bill.Looking to provide cover for those who wrote the bill, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius fired off a warning letter to insurers. “Health insurance is designed to prevent any child from being denied coverage because he or she has a pre-existing condition,” she scolded.
And the most the fiscally irresponsible, until now:
According to The Hill: “Taxpayers earning less than $200,000 a year will pay roughly $3.9 billion more in taxes – in 2019 alone – because of healthcare reform, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress’ official scorekeeper for legislation. The new law raises $15.2 billion over 10 years by limiting the medical expense deduction, a provision widely used by taxpayers who either have a serious illness or are older.”
Since passage, several companies have announced that the health care bill will cost them billions of dollars; the Congressional Research Service confirmed Republican warnings that the bill allows convicted sex offenders, including pedophiles and rapists, to receive taxpayer-subsidized medication for erectile dysfunction; and it was discovered that the law will not prevent large increases in insurance premiums.
Then there’s Peter Orszag’s admission that there will be rationing (death) panels with ObamaCare, after all.
And now this news that the HHS sat on an economically damning report rather than release it to the public because why? They were running out of bribes to buy blue dog votes? It was clear they didn’t give a damn what the public thought before the cram through.
Will Obama dare the Republicans to “run on a platform of repeal”, again, today? Because that would be rich.
Ed Morrissey updates the HHS economic report story:
Yid with Lid tips me that the director of the CMS, Richard Forster, has denied this report, according to Fox News.
We shall see.
Dan Riehl:HHS’ Role Is Irrelevant To Actuary Report Problems
GOP Conference Blog: Pence Says President’s Fiscal Commission “Not A Serious Effort to Stop Out of Control Spending”
GOP.gov: Myths Regarding the Senate Democrats’ Permanent TARP Bill
GOP Conference Blog: Flatlines: President Obama’s Chief Actuary: Obamacare May Jeopardize Access to Care for Seniors and Low-Income Americans
Rep. Ed Royce: “Measures would subsidize financial institutions at expense of taxpayers” by Rep. Ed Royce
But how can that be? Obama specifically said otherwise….
Dan Riehl: Obama’s Bold-faced Lie On Finance Reform
Via email – Heritage Foundation: It’s Official — Higher Health Care Costs: