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How's this for a combination: "Forbes health policy blogger Avik Roy – also an health care advisor to the Romney campaign." According to public health expert Harold Pollack, it's a dishonest combination. Roy has published a "flurry of blog posts" at Forbes about the negative impact Obamacare will have in—you guessed it—battleground states. And he's not been exactly truthful. It's also not just Pollack calling Roy out, it's his fellow Forbes writer, Rick Ungar, who writes about the example of a post Roy did focused on Wisconsin.
Avik’s article argues that, as a result of Obamacare, the price of individual health insurance policies in Wisconsin will increase by an average of about 30 percent.
There is certainly truth in that statement for some Wisconsin residents.

However, like so much of what comes from the Romney campaign, a kernel of truth rarely tells anything close to the entire story.

It's a wonky, somewhat arcane story in which Roy cherrypicks from a report published last year by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who advised on both Romneycare and Obamacare, to argue that everyone in Wisconsin is going to have to pay more under Obamacare. Ungar debunks it, piece by piece, and if you're really interested in the inner workings of how a wonky argument turns into a blatant political lie, read the whole thing.

But for the moment, the larger political point is made by Pollack:

At the 11th hour, the Romney campaign is struggling to keep pace. So it is flooding the airwaves with dicey commercials about the auto industry rescue, a fact-checker-debunked and ethically-dubious welfare ad, and (not least) scare appeals to seniors over Medicare.

In keeping with this desperate rush, Roy offers wild generalizations without proper justification. He needlessly frightens millions of Medicare recipients and insurance consumers, and needlessly misleads millions of others. This is a cautionary example.

Needlessly frightening Americans is the name of the game in the closing days of the desperate Romney campaign, whether it's autoworkers who are being told their jobs will be shipped off to China or Medicare recipients being told they won't be able to find doctors. And it's all massive lies.

Keep the liar out of office. Please help President Obama finish strong.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 10:05 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 10:05:53 AM PDT

  •  I don't want to disillusion you but (0+ / 0-)

    Forbes is pretty much a Republican outlet. Actually, they're kind of a right wing zoo, including climate science deniers, gold bugs, and Ayn Rand cultists.
      But they do have comments in the online edition, so everybody go get 'em.

  •  the day may come (0+ / 0-)

    when citizens get a chance to run these punks to ground.

    The teflon candidate, bishop willard mitch romney.

    by longtimelurker on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 08:40:17 PM PDT

  •  I know (0+ / 0-)

    this is totally off topic but the Big Dog President Bill Clinton is coming to my college. I was so shocked when I got the email tonight, I had to check the schedule. It is way too late tonight to write a diary, but I thought I'd let you all know. He will be at Atwood Center at 8:45 pm.

  •  What's with the "needlessly"? (1+ / 0-)
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    DSPS owl

    'Taint nothing needless about it. You think Romney stands a chance of getting elected if he tells the truth? C'mon.

  •  Not a good businessman... (0+ / 0-)

    Despite his self-aggrandizing assertions about his business acumen, Serial Liar Mitt Romney is wasting money paying consultants and advisors.  

    Just listening to his ridiculous, radical rhetoric -- or to that of Pretend Princess Ann and Lyin'Ryan --  is enough to scare the dickens out of most sentient individuals.  Just hearing their manic, cackling laughter is enough to scare those who are only half-listening.  And just watching the desperation oozing out of Serial Liar Mitt is as scary as seeing a rabid dog straining to break its chains; coupling that with the sheer disdain seeping out of Pretend Princess Ann's snotty sneer and the fidgety antics of a Lyin'Ryan, who resembles a bratty kid denying he broke the window due to a reckless toss, should be enough to convince even the most the low-information voters that these three are as freaky as the most frightening Halloween ghouls.  

    Of course, I will give Serial Liar Mitt Romney credit for one thing:  when he engages surrogates like ranting Rudy Giuliani, who delivered an over-the-top-further-than-usual performance this weekend, he is providing further entertainment for those who like to see bulging-eyed, flapping-armed, vermillion-visaged people on the verge of exploding, bulging with bile, outrage and -- who knows, maybe some snakes and other creepy-crawly things pushing to get out.  

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