I saw a thing on C-Span recently where all the guys who do allegedly non-partisan fact-check articles basically said no one paid attention to them... not their readers and particularly not the politicians that mangle the facts and get away with it. That makes me feel better. It ain't just me having no luck fighting the spin.
Similarly, I said last month that I think what the Health and Human Services Department is doing hyping the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), particularly in relation to Medicare and doubly particularly timed to the 2012 Presidential election, is a violation of the Hatch Act. But it's not. The Obama-favorable PR blitz is actually written into the 2010 law that none of the 220 Congresspeople that voted for it read (to be fair, none of the 215 Congresspeople who voted against PPACA read the bill either).
As for RomneyCare, writing in detail about the disaster that is Massachusetts health care reform for a year is enough for me. The 2012 reports on RomneyCare's results are coming out of the Massachusetts Department of Healthcare Finance and Policy (DHCFP) shortly. As they are released, I'm going to take the Washington Post Wonkblog tack: just post out-of-context charts from the DHCFP reports and make an outrageous partisan claim about what the chart means. That will be hard because I am not partisan.
(By the way, the DHCFP did a pretty good job of giving people the straight skinny on RomneyCare; I guess that's why the pols are voting to do away with the DHCFP.)
-- Dennis Byron