This one is truly hard to fathom. The rules are that White house spinmeisters are aloud to shade the truth, mislead, and ignore facts in presenting their cases. But they are not allowed to tell outright lies. That’s the game they play with reporters.
But now we have, in a claim first noticed by the Wall Street Journal, what can only be described as a lie by longtime Democratic PR gal Stephanie Cutter. She’s in charge of spinning for special projects for the White House, which I assume includes health reform. Isn’t that special?
Here’s what she said.
For months, opponents of health reform have falsely claimed that the Affordable Care Act would lead to the taxation of health care benefits. The claim wasn’t true when the rumor first surfaced, it isn’t true today and it won’t be true tomorrow.
The Affordable Care Act, in case you are not keeping up with your Washington euphimisms, is health reform.
What’s the problem here? It is written in the law, and very well known to be written in the law, that taxes will in fact be applied down the road on “Cadillac health plans,” defined as ones with more than $10,200 in benefits. A 40 percent tax! This royally pissed off the unions, who have managed to put some of their members into Cadillac health care, but they eventually accepted the provision after negotiating the can down the road to 2018, when it will start.
Please Stephanie, tell half-truths, spin us, and give us only part of the story. But please don’t lie to us!