We pointed out here that Rep. Renee Ellmers told a big, bold lie about health reform at a June 29 speech in front of a chamber crowd in Rocky Mount. At the forum she revived the death panel scare tactic made famous by Sarah Palin. Using a detailed example Rep. Ellmers claims that if your active but elderly mother breaks her hip the doctor might be forbidden to perform surgery by government officials. All of this, the audience was warned, is because of health care reform.
I know the truth gets stretched during campaign season by upstart challengers. But I have rarely seen an elected official in prepared remarks so unabashedly deceive constituents about an important law.
News & Observer political reporter Rob Christensen asked Rep. Ellmers about her prevarications and got a non-response response.
Here is what he wrote:
When asked about her remarks in Rocky Mount this week, Ellmers issued a statement saying that Congress had created a 15-member IPAB board of “unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats” and that the “new government bureaucracy is taking away options from seniors while putting more control in the hands of the government and is more likely to ration care.”
Come again. What does creating a new board of bureaucrats have to do with lying about the power to make individual coverage decisions? Nothing.
Christensen kindly concludes that Ellmers went “beyond the facts” in her speech. I would say she went beyond the pale.