With the resignation of embattled HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama immediately nominated Sylvia Burwell as a replacement. While Burwell has no particular experience in healthcare, she is the head of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), an agency that has intimate knowledge of Obama’s budget proposals and policy ideas.
OMB is responsible for scoring the economic impact of the President’s budget and policy proposals.
But as [Marc Thiessen of WaPo] point[ed] out in his April 14 piece, the OMB has another little-known duty: fact checking Obama’s speeches.
Because of this duty, the Post writer wants to know why Burwell’s office approved the countless times that Obama said “if you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan” in speeches for nearly four years.
Obama’s “keep your doctor” claim was such a blatant lie that it was given the “lie of the year” award by the left leaning Politifact fact checker of the Tampa Bay Times.
So, Thiessen wants some answers and Burwell’s nomination should be the perfect opportunity to get them.
“Burwell should explain to Congress and the American people how her office allowed blatant falsehoods to get into presidential speeches,” Thiessen said, “including whether political aides overruled career policy advisers who warned that the president’s claims were untrue.”