Opinion: Patricia L Johnson
The title of their article indicates a certain official advised her staff to delete e-mail, a claim made by House Republicans. The “Republicans” appear to be Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) both members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The ‘health official’ is the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. If you’ll recall correctly this was the person in charge of the Affordable Care Act website rollout and issued an apology to the people of the United States on October 29, 2013 for the website not living up to the ‘expectations of the American people’. The website was subsequently repaired, and millions of Americans who were previously uninsured now have medical coverage.
The e-mail in question is an e-mail written on October 5, 2013 by the Administrator and states “please delete this e-mail but see if we can work on call script.” It’s difficult to guess what the rest of the sentence says because it’s been redacted, I assume by CMS.
While we don’t know exactly why the Administrator requested the e-mail to be deleted I can make an educated guess. The reply quite simply covered a different subject and was not sent by a member of CMS.
The Administrator sent the original message to:
Julie B. (CMS/OC)
CC: Aryana C.
The response she received was from Jeanne L., who directed it to the Administrator, with copies to five other individuals and that may very well be where the problem lies as these individuals were not members of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, but from an entirely different group. A group whose correspondence is more than likely kept in a separate file and that may very well be what the redacted area states.
The fact the House Energy and Commerce Committee did not redact all names and pertinent information prior to publishing the e-mail in question is truly beyond belief. The fact the GOP continually tries to make mountains out of molehills, and twist and turn facts to make anyone and everyone in the Obama Administration appear guilty of wrongdoing is totally reprehensible.
Unfortunately, “news” coming from the media that has been supplied to them by GOP sources, all too often is turning into nothing more than idle blather, false accusations and gossip. We deserve better!
© 2014 Patricia L Johnson