All In   |  April 18, 2014

'They cooked the books' on Obamacare? No.

Conservatives have come up with yet another theory as to why books are cooked on Obamacare.

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>>> of a conspiracy to rig the numbers to produce information they don't like. it's been a long-standing tradition.

>> we now know that the number of americans who've signed up for private insurance in the marketplaces has grown to 8 million people. 8 million people.

>> it was a good week for the affordable care act . enrollment numbers are outpacing expectations and predictably, conservatives aren't buying it.

>> this is all bull. this is absolute -- here's -- i don't care. i'm still not convinced that these numbers, 7 million, 8 million, i'm not convinced there are that many people.

>> in addition to denying the numbers outright they're focusing on something else entirely.

>> this is about as intention as a moon landing . they didn't cook the books for obama they nuked them.

>> there's a precedent for this line of thinking. during the months leading up to the 2012 presidential election the unemployment rate slowly ticked down. in october, it dropped to 7.8%. the good headline for the president just weeks away from election day . and so republicans and their allies came up with an alternative story and head line. according to them, the bureau of labor statistics , a nonpartisan agency, was cooking the books for the president.

>> former ceo jack welsh tweeting this just moments after the release of today's jobs report, quote, unbelievable jobs numbers, these chicago guys will do anything, can't debate so change the numbers.

>> or how about this one? around the same time the polling showed barack obama beating mitt romney , conservatives remained publicly confident.

>> all right, dick, what do you think?

>> we're going to win by a landslide.

>> why were they so sure of themselves when all signs pointed to defeat? because they didn't believe the polls. insisting almost all the polling from leading firms was wrong. with help making the case.

>> i don't believe these polls. i don't believe -- i know that's irrational on my part. but i don't believe them.

>> they have skewed these polls based on a 2008 model.

>> yes, i think they oversampled democrats. i don't think there's any question about it.

>> we have a bunch of polls, gallup, pew, and the cnn, which either oversampled democrats, or at least in the case of cnn, appeared to grossly underestimate the percentage of independents that are going to be here.

>> conservatives unskewed the polls, and found that mitt romney was winning. but defeat in 2012 hasn't stopped republicans from endorsing conspiracies to distract from information they don't like. this week, after a flood of good news about obamacare the latest conspiracy theory was born. this time, about the census.

>> the bureau of the census is faced with the task of finding out just exactly how many people there now are in the united states .

>> on tuesday, "the new york times" reported the census would be changing the way it measures health care coverage, noting it could mask the effects of the health care law . that led to allegations of a vast census bureau conspiracy led by the white house to once again cook the books.

>> there are new allegations today that the administration is, quote, cooking the books .

>> this, to a lot of people, is awfully convenient.

>> the head line in "the wall street journal " today is, cooking the obamacare stats. i think that tells it all.

>> even some of the gop's so-called moderates bought the line. charges don't really hold up. the census bureau , nonpartisan agency, will still be able to measure the success of the health care law from 2013 to 2014 .

>> we'll get a one-year read on what things were like before obamacare and be able to compare how well the law is or isn't doing.

>> and most importantly, the changes are not new. they are the culmination of 14 years of research, and two national tests, 2010 and 2013 . the census has been talking about the changes way before the aca was an idea. but if you think this is the last obamacare conspiracy? think again. because the higher the enrollment goes, the better the news about the law becomes, the faster conservatives come up with theories to deny it