Yet Another “Crazy Conservative Conspiracy Theory” Proven Correct…

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  1. Revmitchell

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    In 2009, in the earliest weeks of President Barack Obama‘s administration, the White House made the controversial decision to take the unprecedented step of moving the Census Bureau from control of the commerce secretary over to the White House ahead of the decennial 2010 census.

    Conservatives sounded alarm bells. “It takes something that is supposedly apolitical like the census, and gives it to a guy who is infamously political,” said Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) of then White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

    “Requiring the Census director to report directly to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is a shamefully transparent attempt by your administration to politicize the Census Bureau and manipulate the 2010 Census,” read a letter addressed to Obama authored by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) andPatrick McHenry (R-NC).

    While Republican officeholders were the primary sources of statements expressing concern over the move, some non-partisan analysts were also unnerved by the move. “The last thing the census needs is for any hard-bitten partisan (either a Karl Rove or a Rahm Emanuel) to manipulate these critical numbers,” wrote University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato in an email to Fox News at the time. “Partisans have a natural impulse to tilt the playing field in their favor, and this has to be resisted.”

    The White House dismissed the concerns of conservatives which were, indeed, unfounded insofar as they related to the 2010 census. But the fears of some that the Census Bureau could be corrupted by the imperatives of the political operatives in the White House was today proven accurate.

    According to a report in The New York Times, the Census Bureau has been directed to change the wording of its questions relating to health care coverage so that they can no longer be checked against the past three decades of data. According to the nonpartisan analysts and census officials The Timesspoke with, this change will make it nearly impossible to accurately assess the effects of the Affordable Care Act has had on the number of Americans who have health insurance.

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  2. Crabtownboy

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    The Census Bureau is an agency within the Commerce Department.
     
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    Under the Bush administration, the Census Bureau director reported to the commerce secretary.

    Obama added oversight of the director by senior White House aides, but keeping the bureau itself under the umbrella of the Department of Commerce.

    The White House plays the tune and the census bureau does the dance. The commerce secretary has no say.
     
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    Quite obviously, the move was intended to obscure or outright hide for denial any information regarding healthcare costs.
    The administration still has not said how many people have paid their first month's premium, how many people had simply signed up on the exchanges after being kicked off their old plans because of changes to plan requirements necessitated by the ACA, nor have they been able to provide a number showing the net increase in insurance coverage -- most likely because there is none.

    And note, it was the Times that first reported this. Interesting that a bastion of liberal apologists would fry their own before American public opion.
     
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    Glad you found that because not even reading that I was about to say that this is all about healthcare. Folks should have been up in arms about this.

    Rahm Emmanuel was the PRESIDENT's COS. He wasn't elected or confirmed by anyone so there's no reason for him to have oversight over ANY aspect of the government outside the White House staff. It's the COS. That is limited to inside the White House. There shouldn't be any outside anything rporting to that position.
     

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