‘Coincidental’ Soviet-style Census revisions will cover up Obamacare sins

Is this a crazy coincidence, or what?

Census numbers expected this fall will be useless for gauging whether Obamacare is working as advertised because of changes in how the Census asks the questions, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Here’s The Times lead on the story.

“The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.”

So in what one Census paper described as “coincidental and unfortunate timing,” it just so happens that a report due out just before mid-term elections that will largely hinge on the damn law won’t be much good for judging it after all.

But here’s a more technical analysis.

That might have been technical for some readers, so let’s hear from other Twitter posters to clear things up a little.

What’s really funny about this “coincidental and unfortunate timing” is that The Times reports that the changes were necessary because the old way of calculating how many people were uninsured in the country was unreliable. According to The Times:

The questionnaire traditionally used by the Census Bureau provides an “inflated estimate of the uninsured” and is prone to “measurement errors,” said a working paper by statisticians and demographers at the agency.

So the numbers that have been kicked around this whole time were inflated, and now that the Census is asking the right questions, the number of uninsured is going to magically go down. And guess what bloated, criminal government program is going to get the credit for that.

In another “coincidental” bit of news, the Census move comes four years after the Obama White House moved control of the Census out of the Commerce Department and into its own hands. Republicans were battling back then over what was a power grab for congressional redistricting, but progressives can find endless uses for government statistics — just look at how well those Soviet Five Year Plans kept getting met for decades until the whole thing collapsed around their ears.


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