Hiding Information To Gain A Particular Vote

Yesterday Investors.com posted an article about the timing of the release of the report by the Medicare’s Office of the Actuary which showed that the healthcare reform act would significantly increase the cost of healthcare. 

According to the article:

“Chief Actuary Richard Foster estimated that the program would add
$311 billion over 10 years in costs beyond what would have been the
case if the legislation hadn’t become law.

“The Health and Human Services Department reportedly had the report
more than a week before the vote but refused to review it until after
the Senate bill passed the House on March 21.”

The Senate leadership needed to have healthcare reform passed to provide a victory for President Obama; they chose not be bothered by the facts in studying the bill (that’s assuming they studied the bill). 

The article further states:

“”The reason we were given was that they did not want to influence the
vote,” said an unidentified HHS source in a Monday report in the
Washington Prowler blog of the American Spectator. Pardon us, but
wouldn’t it have been better if this information had been made public
or given to lawmakers before the House voted?”

I guess the loose translation of this is, “Don’t confuse me with facts.”

It is unfortunate that our “representatives” in Washington are more interested in gaining political victories than they are in representing the American people.  We need to vote all of them out in November.