The Democrats have once again been caught with their pants around their ankles. A memo has been revealed that instructs staffers and their bosses not to debate the Congressional Budget Office's scoring on the health care proposal. Here is an excerpt:
We cannot emphasize enough: do not allow yourself (or your boss) to get into a discussion of the details of the CBO scores and textual narrative. Instead, focus only on the deficit reduction and the number of Americans covered. ... These anti-reform extremists are making a last-ditch effort to derail reform. Do not give them ground by debating details.
The Democrats emphasize that a big part of the savings and deficit reductions will occur due to smaller Medicare reimbursements. This is a smoke screen due to the fact that a separate piece of legislation is in the works to increase payments to doctors, which would explode the deficit.
Second, most health staff are already aware that our health proposal does not contain a "doc fix." Some Republicans have repeated CBO's November 18 letter that says "the sustainable growth rate (SGR) mechanism governing Medicare's payments to physicians has frequently been modified ... to avoid reduction in those payments, and legislation to do so again is currently under consideration in the Congress." The inclusion of a full SGR repeal would undermine reform's budget neutrality. So, again, do not allow yourself (or your boss) to get into a discussion of the details of CBO scores and textual narrative. ...
As most health staff knows, Leadership and the White House are working with the AMA to rally physicians support for a full SGR repeal later this spring. However, both health and communications staff should understand we do not want that policy discussion discussed at this time, lest it complicate the last critical push to health care reform
Talk about culture of corruption! These people cannot be honest with the American people. November couldn't come fast enough.