Lies, lies and more lies

Mary McCarthy famously said of her literary foe, Lillian Hellman,

every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.

She could have been talking about the Obama Administration. From The New York Times:

Officials Were Warned About Health Site Woes

President Obama took responsibility last week for the troubled rollout of the online federal health insurance marketplace. (Stephen Crowley/ The New York Times)

By SHARON LaFRANIERE and ERIC LIPTON | Published: November 18, 2013

WASHINGTON — Senior Obama administration officials, including several in the White House, were warned by an outside management consultant early this year that the effort to build the site was falling behind and at risk of failure unless immediate steps were taken to correct the problems, according to documents released by House investigators.

The report, by McKinsey & Company, which was prepared in late March at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services, said that management indecision and a “lack of transparency and alignment on critical issues” were threatening progress, despite the tight deadline.

The McKinsey report found that the effort was at risk because of issues including “significant dependency on external parties/contractors,” as well as “insufficient time and scope of end-to-end testing,” and “parallel stacking of all phases,” all predictions that have turned out to be accurate. Briefings on the report were held in the spring at the White House and at the headquarters of the Health and Human Services Department and for leaders at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, congressional investigators said.

“The administration was on track — on track for a disaster — and yet officials refused to be transparent with the Congress and the American people,” said Representative Fred Upton, Republican of Michigan and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which released the report. The McKinsey warnings were first reported online by The Washington Post.

Much more at the link.

The White House spokesliar, Eric Schultz, attempted to mitigate the scope of the report, but one thing remains clear: the White House and Department of Health and Human Services just flat lied about being surprised that the whole thing didn’t work.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand admitted on ABC’s This Week that “(They) all knew” that the President’s repeated promises that people could keep their health care plans if they liked them were lies:

During an appearance on ABC’s This Week Sunday, New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand admitted in passing that it was known President Obama was lying as he repeatedly stated people could keep health insurance plans they liked under Obamacare.

“He should’ve just been specific. No we all knew,” GIllinbrand said. “The whole point of the plan is to cover things people need, like preventive care, birth control, pregnancy. How many women, the minute they get pregnant, might risk their coverage. How many women paid more because of their gender, because they might get pregnant. Those are the reforms.”

Here’s the Senator, and the admission is around the 1:20 to 1:30 mark:

From The Other McCain:

Remember Those Official Unemployment Numbers? They Just Made ‘Em Up!
Posted on | November 19, 2013 | 9 Comments

Ace of Spades pointed this out last night: Last year, when we were told that unemployment statistics indicated that the economy was improving, the people in charge of doing the counting were simply making up numbers, according to the New York Post.

But what difference, at this point, does it make?

With that last line, Mr McCain was channeling then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, explaining away/excusing the Administrations lies, obfuscations and cover-up of the Benghazi killings. And what difference, indeed: this Administration lies and lies and lies, just to get themselves past political time lines, whether the election — Benghazi and the faked unemployment numbers — or to maintain a stronger position on the government shutdown at the beginning of October.

Of course, for so many of our fiends on the left, the Administration’s lies are perfectly justifiable, in that they got the President through the election with a win, and that, for the left, justifies all.


  1. Meanwhile, back in the real world:

    The myths of Obamacare’s ‘failure’

    Attacks on the Affordable Care Act have stepped up over the last week or so. You’d think that the healthcare reform known as Obamacare is leading to the wholesale loss of affordable insurance by huge sectors of the American public, many of whom will be impoverished by being forced into low-quality health plans at exorbitant prices.

    You’d think the entire reform is on “life support,” as the usually judicious National Journal put it today, speculating that Democrats may soon start calling for its repeal.

    Don’t buy the hype. The numbers tell an entirely different story. What they also demonstrate is that the myth of Obamacare’s “failure” is a product of the same Republican noise machine that has been working to undermine this crucial reform since Day One. It’s assisted by news reporting about canceled health policies that typically ranges from woefully misinformed to spectacularly ignorant, and even at its best is incomplete.
    The bottom line is that we’re down to about one-quarter of one-percent of the country being paraded around to set the agenda for everyone else — fewer than 2 million people. Compare that with the number of people who are being denied health insurance in 21 states that have refused to expand Medicaid, as the Affordable Care Act allows them to do largely at federal expense. (Four other states are still thinking it over.)

    This group numbers about 5 million, and in every case they’re being deprived of health coverage by Republican governors or legislatures, or both. That should tell you that the Republicans who are carrying on about Obamacare’s “failure” really don’t have your welfare in mind, any more than the characters hawking diet plans on late-night TV really want you to get thin.

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