AP Edits Story to Blame Republicans for Obamacare Failure

Obama pulled the plug on part Obamacare because it was ‘unworkable.  And that’s how the AP reported it. That was until Drudge picked it up and they did a bit of editing to blame it on Republicans somehow. The original read like this:

Obama pulls plug on part of health overhaul law

The Obama administration says it is unable to go forward with a major new program in the president’s signature health care overhaul law. Officials said Friday a new long-term care insurance program has critical design flaws that could not be fixed to make it financially self-sustaining.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a letter to Congress she does not see a viable path forward at this time.

The CLASS program was supposed to be a voluntary insurance plan for working adults regardless of age or health. Workers would pay an affordable monthly premium during their careers, and could collect a modest daily cash benefit if they became disabled later in life.

But after Drudge picked it up and it got his usual avalanche of traffic, the AP changed the story just a wee bit:

Health Overhaul law suffers first major casualty

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s signature health overhaul law, under relentless assault by Republicans, has suffered its first major casualty – a long-term care insurance plan.

The program, expected to launch in 2012, had been dogged from the beginning by doubts over its financial solvency.

Proponents, including many groups that fought to pass the health care law, have vowed a vigorous effort to rescue the program, insisting that Congress gave the administration broad authority to make changes. Long-term care includes not only nursing homes, but such services as home health aides for disabled people.

“This is a victory for the American taxpayer and future generations,” said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., spearheading opposition in the Senate.

Let’s be perfectly clear. This had nothing to do with Republicans. This was the result of the Nancy Pelosi doctrine of passing the bill so we can see what is in it.

Yet the AP descibes the program as a “casualty” of a “relentless assault” from Republicans.   Lost on the AP is the fact this was one of the main reasons Republicans (ahem and Independents) overwhelmingly rejected the bill, because it was a grand social experiment the authors of which had NO CLUE how it would work.

And then when it crumbles the reliable liberal media rushes in the blame Republicans for Obama’s failure. Nice.

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  • Anonymous

    Well, at least they’ve taken a break from singling out booosh! The new med’s must be working.

  • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

    Obama is an idiot. He thinks his pronouncements are supposed to stand on their own, as do his minions. It was a phantom bill from the start. “Pass this bill so you can find out all the good things that are in it.” As long as you like excrement sandwiches, that is.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      More of a SCoaMF, actually.

  • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

    “The program, expected to launch in 2012, had been dogged from the beginning by doubts over its financial solvency.”

    Oh yeah. And there’s that. If it weren’t for those wascawy wepubwicans the Dems could make the inherently insolvent solvent.

  • jim_m

    That’s right.  The GOP controlled Senate killed a part of obamacare.  Except that the GOP doesn’t control the Senate and the Dems still have a majority and recently dramatically reduced the ability of the minority to filibuster.

    Thank God we have an objective and unbiased media to watch over the government and protect us from incompetence and fraud.

    /sarcasm

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Part of why the LSM is becoming the buggy whip industry of the 21st Century.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Part of why the LSM is becoming the buggy whip industry of the 21st Century.

  • jim_m

    Next we’ll hear how the GOP is working feverishly to circumvent obamacare by forcing HHS to issue thousands of waivers to organizations (mostly unions) to get out of obamacare.

  • Anonymous

    The Associated Press is a disgrace.  AP has a clear agenda upon which they are willing to sacrifice their credibility as an unbiased media outlet.  They just don’t care anymore.    

    • Anonymous

      Ken,

      They lost their credibility with me with their photoshoped photos from Lebanon… which was a long long time ago.

      Semper Fidelis-

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      They’ve been “all in” for Obama since 2007.  When Obama crashes and burns, so does AP.

  • Anonymous

    AP – Water Carriers of the DNC.  If you like echo chambers, AP fills the bill.  From the articles that come out of the AP; you have to wonder if they don’t just all Carney up every day and ask “What would you like to see in print today”.

    The odd part is that if an article permits comments, the writer has to be red-faced at what is written.

  • herddog505

    Look who was originally mentioned, and who was mentioned in the (ahem) editted version:

    ORIGINAL – “Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a letter to Congress she does not see a viable path forward at this time.”

    EDIT – “‘This is a victory for the American taxpayer and future generations,’ said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., spearheading opposition in the Senate.”

    The funny thing is that what the AP writes is actually TRUE: the law HAS been under “relentless assault” from the Republicans (and anybody else with more than two functional brain cells), and I have no doubt that John Thune said what he said.  However, the AP is attempting to slyly conflate cause and effect: they want readers to believe that the CLASS program, a perfectly wonderful effort to provide long term care to your sweet Aunt Sally, died because of the nasty ol’ GOP and their bitter, partisan politics.

    Here’s hoping that, after the next election, the AP can write about how Bad Luck Barry’s administration failed due to relentless partisan attacks (and NOT his own bungling, hateful, clueless, leftist policies).

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  • Anonymous

    “accomplice media” is too nice a term for what is a corrupt media

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