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Jan 31, 2014

Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers Owes Nation Apology for Lying in State of the Union Response

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers lied to the country Tuesday night in her official Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address, telling the story of “Bette in Spokane,” who supposedly was facing a nearly $700 monthly premium increase because of the Affordable Care Act—except there was one problem with that story: it wasn’t true.

The Spokesman Review reported yesterday that “Bette in Spokane” was not forced to pay $700 more a month, and in fact had other, cheaper health care options available in Washington through the health exchanges—she simply chose not to avail herself of those options. And Bette never spoke with McMorris Rodgers’ office to tell the whole story.

“Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers owes the nation an apology for lying in her Republican response to the State of the Union this week, and spreading more misinformation to Americans about their health care options,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers and House Republicans are so desperate to please their insurance company contributors and send Americans back to the days when insurance companies had free rein that they are now resorting to embellishing stories and leaving out the facts to mislead Americans about the new affordable, comprehensive coverage available to them.”

And McMorris Rodgers isn’t the only Republican leader to make false claims about the Affordable Care Act. Earlier in the year, Speaker Boehner was caught spreading a false story on ACA to scare Americans.  A New York Times columnist recently wrote that McMorris Rodgers is an example of “what happens when biography trumps substance,” because her “message was mush.”