The Obama administration has been caught doctoring questions for a Census Bureau survey in order to hide disastrous Obamacare numbers just before the midterm elections. And the newspaper calling them out on it? The New York Times (emphasis mine).
The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said…The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country. But the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable, the officials said.An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a “total revision to health insurance questions” and,in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the uninsured. Thus, officials said, it will be difficult to say how much of any change is attributable to the Affordable Care Act and how much to the use of a new survey instrument.
Essentially, the White House decided to alter over three decades of health insurance survey methodology in order to create a lower number of uninsured.
In a test run for these questions last year, interviewers using the new method saw a decrease of the number of uninsured by nearly two percentage points. Proof that simply changing the wording of the questions will provide more pro-Obamacare numbers to release to the public. And coincidentally I’m sure, this report will come out weeks before the midterm elections.
Five years ago, the White House made the controversial decision to move control of the Census Bureau from the commerce secretary over to the White House. Republicans and non-partisans were dismayed at the tactic, and a letter penned by Reps. Darrell Issa and Patrick McHenry to the White House called it a “shamefully transparent attempt by your administration to politicize the Census Bureau.”
The administration has previously used underhanded tactics in the past to inflate numbers that would reflect better on the President. When the stimulus was in full effect, the White House coined a term known as “lives touched” to inflate job numbers.