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.
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.
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.