View Full Version : Memo Purportedly Urges Dems to Keep Quiet on Critical Health Care Topics

03-20-2010, 12:54 AM
"Sneak it through and keep quiet about the details !"

As the leadership in the House tries to persuade fence-straddling Democrats to push health care reform over the finish line, a "talking points" memo is being widely circulated in Washington that purports to show that those same leaders and the Obama administration are secretly planning to push for an increase in Medicare payments -- an increase that would alter the cost of the bill.

The "From" line of the memo is scratched out, and Democrats emphatically deny sending it. A spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer described it as "suspicious." . . .

But the congressional staffer who leaked the document to FoxNews.com said that it illustrates that the Democrats are worried about aspects of the health care debate and are trying to conceal them.

If the memo is authentic, it shows Democratic leadership instructing staffers not to allow the congressmen they represent to talk publicly about the details of the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the health care reform bill.

It also acknowledges that Congress and the administration will push for "doc fix" next spring -- which would increase Medicare payments to doctors above those currently planned at the cost of $371 billion over 10 years. . .