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As I have said here repeatedly that Politico is nothing but a Right Wing rag masquerading as a mainstream news outlet.

Today they were outed once again when a

senior Democratic leadership aide told TPMDC in an interview the memo, printed by Politico and leading the Drudge Report this afternoon a few days ahead of the health care vote Sunday, is "a hoax."

Democrats uniformly now admit that

"this is an unethical underhanded dirty trick by Republicans to try and distract from important debate on health care reform," the senior Democratic leadership aide said.

No sources interviewed for this story could positively assure that there were no plans to do a doc fix, though the senior aide told me that "It hasn't even been discussed."

This is why this is dangerous.....

If this were a Democratic communications person who wrote this, they should be fired, because this looks like Republican talking points," the third Democratic aide told TPMDC

because

The memo alleging the changes commonly known as a "doc fix" would be politically damaging to Democrats, who already are holding together a fragile coalition to get the needed 216 votes Sunday.

This is nothing but an unethical underhanded dirty trick by Republicans, Politico and others to try and distract from important debate on health care reform.

Worst of all this so-called plan hasn't even been discussed amongst Democrats.

Originally posted to Engine 08 on Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 12:43 PM PDT.

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