GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers should apologize "for lying in her response to State of the Union"


Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) gave the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union speech, and in doing so, she fudged a few facts:

"I got a letter from Bette in Spokane, who hoped the President’s health care law would save her money – but found out instead that her premiums were going up nearly $700 a month. No, we shouldn’t go back to the way things were, but this law is not working. Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government’s."

There's just one itty bitty problem with that bolded assertion. It's not true. So the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and Nancy Pelosi want McMorris Rodgers to apologize.

Fat chance.

The GOP has a nasty habit of either outright lying, lying by omission to promote political narratives, or conveniently sidestepping context when attacking any and all things Obama. Cathy McMorris Rodgers continued the tradition, but like Darrell Issa has so many times, she got publicly busted in the process.

Via The Hill:

Democrats are slamming Republicans for misleading the public with a false anecdote about ObamaCare premiums in a response to the State of the Union address. [...]

Media reports have since revealed that the woman, Bette Grenier, was quoting the most expensive option offered by her insurance company and that she declined cheaper plans on Washington state's ObamaCare exchange.

"Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers owes the nation an apology for lying in her Republican response to the State of the Union this week, and spreading more misinformation to Americans about their health care options,” said DCCC spokeswoman Emily Bittner in a statement Friday.

"House Republicans are … resorting to embellishing stories and leaving out the facts to mislead Americans about the new affordable, comprehensive coverage available to them.”

More at the link.

By the way, one major insurer is reporting Obamacare that sign-ups were higher than its projections. Cathy McMorris Rodgers neglected to include that fact in her oh-so-heartfelt, genuine, God-drenched rebuttal.

  • General Sherman

    Barney Frank: "We've got ours, but theirs are nuts!

  • joe ebbitt

    Stepford wives

  • joe ebbitt

    No big deal , we're used to it. It's the climate deniers and birther's(yes, they still exist)and just the plain old lying s.o.b.'s telling anyone that will listen Keystone pipeline is a job creator, trickle down works and tax cuts for the rich stimulates the economy

  • AnnSanity

    Know the truth and the truth shall set you free! Again, I am reminded of Voltaire: "God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh." Why is it that the women who are chosen to speak for the Republicans always come across like they are three days off their meds?

  • David G

    It's not that a cynic like myself expected anything more than a "paid political announcement" but I think if you consider the few people who watched it and the even fewer who will remember it even now, or a week from now, this is really just business as usual. It doesn't excuse the falsehoods, just puts it all in perspective. It's business as usual -- yet well reported by Laffy.

  • The Don

    Its bad enough that she wanted to tell her life story its the response to the SOTU, Now we find out she lied about an email she supposed to have gotten. How much of her life story was a lie?

  • sapereaudeprime

    And who would expect the current Republican Party to spoil a good story by telling the truth?

  • Tell me about it!

  • I had to check and make sure I was still watching the rebuttal because it felt like I was in a Southern Baptist Revival tent.

  • judi

    You mean…just like CBS apologized for THEIR lies about a family without insurance?? and how FOX lies about folks not being able to afford Obamacare's quadruple deductibles and triple premiums?? And how those people in RED states are too poor for the ACA…because the GOP governors will not expand Medicaid??

    Yeah….I'm sure that'll happen.