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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's Obamacare omission

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey got a fair amount of political mileage out of a story about his wife, a "former computer software consultant," facing difficulties in signing up for a health-care exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's Obamacare omission

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey left one big detail out of his national Republican radio address about Obamacare.
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey left one big detail out of his national Republican radio address about Obamacare.

From today's Clout column:

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey got a fair amount of political mileage out of a story about his wife, a "former computer software consultant," facing difficulties in signing up for a health-care exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The Lehigh Valley Republican told the story on Fox News. His office emailed the tale to constituents. He told it across the country last Saturday when the Senate Republicans had him deliver their weekly radio address.

Toomey's broadcast left out one significant piece of information: Despite the initial website difficulty, the Toomeys were able to sign up for health-care insurance through an exchange.

Kris Toomey started trying to sign up on Dec. 2 and was successful on Dec. 11, three days before her husband's radio address, according to his spokeswoman.

So why didn't Toomey mention that in his radio address?

We'd love to tell you but his spokeswoman didn't provide an answer to that question, despite our repeated requests for one.

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