Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ed Martin Still Spreading Fake Story A Full Day After It Was Discredited

Is it too much to ask that the people running for Congress are at least dimly aware of what's going on outside of the right-wing propaganda bubble? Apparently it is for former Matt Blunt Chief of Staff Ed Martin, currently running for Congress in Missouri's 3rd District.

Martin tweeted the following today, April 28, at around 2 PM:
Most Transparent Administration in History held damning report until after #Obamacare vote
The link goes to a story in the American Spectator that claims that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's staff "refused to review" a document that showed that health care reform "would actually increase" the cost of health care. The only problem? The story is completely false, as was reported at 4:51 yesterday, April 27, in the Washington Post by Dave Wiegal. Here's a relevant quote:
"If this issue hadn’t consumed my entire day so far," said Richard S. Foster, chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, "I would have found it fairly amusing." The article, he said, was "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," said Foster. "Because of the details and complexity of the legislation, it wasn’t possible to estimate the package before the Senate vote.


  1. And Miss "Comments Off" has updated her bit, too. See, it's right there, uh, just a sec...okay, I'm sure she's working on it.

  2. Well. Ed probably never read the report. I can tell for sure by his comments on the health care law that Ed Martin certainly never read any of the bills before he spouted off about them.