PolitiFact, FactCheck, and WaPo All Confirm: The $105 Billion Obamacare Slush Fund Exists

Posted March 9th, 2011 at 12:30pm in Health Care

 Today former Congressman Ernest Istook testified before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee about the $105 billion slush fund in advance appropriations liberals tucked inside Obamacare. The $105 billion bypasses the traditional yearly budgeting process and is spread throughout the 2,700 page legislation. It took the Congressional Research Service (CRS) seven months to identify all the disparate funds and it was not until February (11 months after the bill passed) that all of the funds could be totaled up. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has been beating the drum to raise awareness of this unprecedented level of advance spending. But the liberal media has been attacking her for calling it “hidden” funding. In reality, Rep. Bachmann said that “practically no Member of Congress even knew that $105 billion of funding was” in the bill.FactCheck says that this funding was known to “those who read the bill … including members of Congress.” But does FactCheck really believe that any member of Congress read all 2,700 pages of the bill? Do they have any evidence at all that any member of Congress knew about the $105 billion figure before CRS published their report this February? But more importantly, in their attempted take down of Rep. Bachmann, PolitiFactFactCheck, and The Washington Post Fact Checker all confirm her underlying charge: the $105 billion exists. Poltifact writes: “We added up the spending Bachmann was referring to and got $104 billion — very close to her number.” And a note to The Washington Post Fact Checker: Former Congressman Ernest Istook served in the House of Representatives, not the Senate.Link: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/03/09/politifact-factcheck-and-wapo-a… ************************************************************************From Michelle Bachman:

Dear Fellow Conservative, Since I first alerted you to the $105 billion in funding hidden by the Democrats in the Obamacare bill, more than 102,000 of you have signed my petition telling Congress to defund it. The response has been incredible-it is now abundantly clear that the American people will not stand for such outrageous acts.In that time, Democrats and the liberal media have gone wild, doing everything in their power to hide this unbelievable crime against our democracy. Unfortunately for them, the truth is on our side, with major political fact checkers confirming the existence of the spending in the bill.After posting this on my Facebook page yesterday, I was pleased to find this encouraging comment by Debbie S., one of my active fans: “The more they attack, the more afraid they are that the TRUTH will be exposed. Don’t back down, Michele!” As more than 102,000 of you have told the world by signing my petition, we will not back down, and we will win this fight. It is up to us to make sure that Obamacare is defunded and, if you haven’t already, I hope you’ll join us by signing my petition today.I hope you will find the news links I’ve shared below both informative and timely, and that you’ll share them with your friends and family, as well as respond to them on my Facebook page.Thank you for your continued support.Sincerely,Michele Bachman



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