‘dems dropping bombs on mckinsey’

Greg Sargent: Yet another interesting turn in the case of the mystery health care study … the consulting firm McKinsey and Company recently released a study that – unlike other studies – found that larger numbers of employers plan to drop insurance for workers because of the Affordable Care Act. Despite multiple requests from the White House, Congressional Dems, and news outlets, the company is refusing to release key details about the study’s methodology that would enable us to evaluate its integrity.

…Ironically, the author of an Urban Institute study used by the White House to refute the McKinsey report is none other than McKinsey’s own Bowen Garrett, the chief economist at their Center for U.S. Health System Reform. In his Urban Institute paper, Garrett dismantles “claims that the ACA would cause major declines in [employer-sponsored health insurance],” calling them, “greatly exaggerated.”

Wait, you mean McKinsey published a study claiming 30% of employers will drop employee coverage, in direct contradiction to the expressed position of one of their head health honchos?


Update from Greg Sargent: Wow. Dems are very quickly ratcheting up the pressure on McKinsey and Company – meaning it’s likely that we’ll see an increase in media scrutiny of the company’s continuing refusal to cough up the methodology of its now-controversial study on the Affordable Care Act.

In a very big development, Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus has written a detailed letter spelling out 13 very specific questions about how the study’s methodology was conducted …

I’m also told that three – count ‘em, three – House committees will send a letter today to McKinsey making the same request.

…This constitutes real pressure, and underscores how high the stakes have become for Democrats, now that Republicans have been regularly citing the study as a weapon against the health law.

Read full post here


Paul Krugman: …. when the McKinsey alleged study made headlines, the firm was pressed to explain how the study was conducted. And it has refused to answer.

It’s hard to escape the conclusion that the study was embarrassingly bad – maybe it was a skewed sample, maybe the questions were leading, maybe there was no real data at all. Whatever.

The important thing is that this must not stand. You can’t enter the political debate with strong claims about what the evidence says, then refuse to produce that evidence.

And it’s especially bad when the media give your claims lots of attention, while barely covering the furor over the refusal to explain where those claims come from.


You can see the original post about the study here

22 Responses to “‘dems dropping bombs on mckinsey’”

  1. 1 halo
    June 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Who wants to bet some Koch thug paid them to do this to undermine ACA?

  2. 3 theo67
    June 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Wonderful! I was wondering what had happened with this story, since it’s been fairly quiet on this front. I hope the Republicans find themselves on the side of a McKinsey that has to own up to a faulty report, since they now have two reports saying opposite things. I have a friend who’s a partner at McKinsey – I hope they clean this up quickly, and take better care with whom they associate in the future. Getting into bed with Republicans (especially against this particular President) is bound to end someone in trouble…

  3. 4 Fred
    June 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    show me what ya got Dems.Keep the pressure on that group and expose them for what they are 😡

    on a side note Tweetie was great in his Let Me Finish segment were he made the distinction between Presidents Clinton/Obama and both Bush boys and it was
    B.R.I.L.L.I.A.NT from healthcare-to the GOP wanting 40-50 million people go with any kind of care to Obama ensuring that folks will pay what they can for care
    to wars and the Bush boys going to Iraq twice and Panama and Presidents Clinton and Obama with respect to Kosovo and Lybia
    to our environment and science
    if anyone can listen to it you will enjoy it 😀

    • 5 theo67
      June 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      I’ll take your word for it! Surprised he put President Obama on the same side as the “President of the World” Clinton, but I’m glad he did some positive reporting today.


      • 6 Fred
        June 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm

        oh yes and he said that the President came out clean(DUH!) during this whole Weiner-gate 😀

  4. June 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Listen to rendell, singing praises on weiner. Like ge is some Clark Kent, or something!

    Oh, I forgot, rendell is a clintonite!

    • June 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      Cent said he did not do anything wrong! Pl and clintonites in denial!

      • 11 theo67
        June 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm

        Stay away from those losers.

      • 12 StR
        June 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

        Imagine Nutroots Nation this weekend – I wonder if there will be a shrine to Anthony Weiner.

        • June 16, 2011 at 7:27 pm

          The good news about NN is that Jeremy Bird from OFA is going to be speaking there too from what I’ve gathered.

        • 14 africa
          June 16, 2011 at 7:39 pm

          Actually, the owner of gos is calling Weiner an “idiot,” saying he didn’t care if he resigned or stayed.


        • 15 hopefruit2
          June 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm

          Nutroots Nation had a “panel” with Hamsher, Choi, Avarosis and some other nut. They had a session titled “When your president just isn’t into you” or some nonsense like that. See the unhealthy obsession with President Obama? It’s almost as though they really feel like rejected lovers or stalkers of some sort. Dan Choi is “advising” people to not vote for Democrats in other to get them to listen to you. Basically it was another ” hold Obama’s feet-and no one else” to the fire session.

          • 16 StR
            June 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

            Yeah vote for the GOP candidate, all seven of which would keep DADT and five of the sec=ven who would hack a constitutional amandment to ban same sex marriage (Cain and Paul said it’s a states issue) .

            Also there was a stunt where some guy identified himaelf as “member from OFA” and declared he was against marriage equality. False flag stunt garbage arranged by Hamsher is my bet.

          • 17 meta
            June 16, 2011 at 7:52 pm

            Choi is advising Dems not to vote? Really? Where does he think he’s going to get his rights? If he’s not careful, he’ll have the ones he’s gained in the last two years taken away from him. GROW UP.

          • 19 africa
            June 16, 2011 at 7:59 pm

            Another showboater, bombastic, tough talking loud mouth with nothing to show for it. He needs to be called out.

  5. 20 StR
    June 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I will give the Dems the benefit of the doubt and hope they know for a fact the polling is garbage. Because if they are raising a stink and thus the profile of the study and it turns out it wasn’t shady than they’d be shooting themselves in the foot.

    Also what’s to stop one of the companies polled to let the Dems know they type of questions asked and “educating” McKinsey offered? Maybe they already have I guess.

    • 21 theo67
      June 17, 2011 at 4:05 am

      StR – I think the bigger issue is that there are two reports from the same organization with absolutely conflicting results. And McKinsey consults with governments, etc. They have a lot of credibility out there. The one that the government relies on is from the McKinsey health expert, so I just don’t see how this can be bad for the Administration based on these facts. The onus is on McKinsey to prove their claims – since they make their living on these reports and analyses, and they charge a lot to do it.

  6. 22 Tien Le
    June 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I got two words for all of this: Silly Season.

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