Highly critical NBC story on #Obamacare disappears, then mysteriously reappears

Posted by: ST on October 29, 2013 at 12:58 am

This story, posted on the NBC Investigations page earlier Monday night, was taken down without explanation – and then reposted about an hour later. Click the picture for the original cached version – assuming it still works.

Several hours ago this story was published at the NBC News site, but mysteriously disappeared – after serious social media pushback on it from the White House. Coincidence? Here’s a snippet:

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”

Read the original full version – screencapped and preserved – here.  Or here.

At the time of this writing, NBC has provided no sensible explanation as to why the story – accessed in the tens of thousands of times by curious readers – was initially pulled.  They’ve since re-posted the story, but I haven’t had a chance to sift through to see if changes were made. They didn’t note any corrections at the bottom of the page.  I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but this is definitely one of those things that make you go” hmmm.”  BTW, don’t put it past the WH to try to seriously intimidate journalists. It has happened before.

If no changes WERE made to it, was it due to complaints from readers angry that it had been taken down? Was there really a “URL issue” as their Twitter page is now claiming?  Weasel Zippers is currently comparing the original versus the fresh posting so stay tuned them for potential further developments. It’s late, and I’m about to hit the pillow. :)

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9 Responses to “Highly critical NBC story on #Obamacare disappears, then mysteriously reappears”


  1. Walt says:

    Third paragraph was missing for about 30 minutes then added back in. I expect them to blame it on the interns. :)

  2. Obhammud lies so much his dog doesn’t come when he calls it anymore.

  3. LCVRWC says:

    What I find shocking is that CBS and NBC are actually practicing journolism.

  4. Tex says:

    Looks like the Democrats’ attempt to distract the public’s attention from their massive socialist transfer of wealth program, the ACA, by vilifying Republicans on the recent government shutdown fiasco, is failing. The news organizations can no longer ignore the pain Obamacare is causing EVERYONE in this country.

    How stupid of Obama and the Democrats to assume that only Conservatives and their supporters would be burned by the ACA.

  5. ALman says:

    No further evidence needed as to why our bloated, bullying, bungling government ought not be in the insurance business, let alone a single-payer system?