NBC News is claiming that a "publishing glitch" caused its bombshell investigative report on Obamacare to disappear for a period of time. The news outlet has since republished the scathing article, however, a key paragraph was temporarily removed -- and no editor's note explaining why was included.
The article in question revealed that the Obama administration knew at least three years ago that millions of Americans would not be able to keep their health insurance under Obamacare. But that didn't stop President Barack Obama and other administration officials from promising the opposite, the report suggests.
At some point Tuesday night, the link to the story started directing readers to a "Error 404" page:
EDITOR'S NOTE: A publishing glitch took down our story on policy cancellations under Obamacare. Republished here: http://t.co/HegN2kyvyV
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 29, 2013
As if the mysterious "glitch" wasn't strange enough, NBC News -- inadvertently or not -- later republished the article without the following key paragraph:
None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date -- the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example -- the policy would not be grandfathered.
It was added back in to the article roughly 30 minutes after it was republished, but the discrepancy was again not noted in the article.
The website Weasel Zippers was able to screengrab both versions, before and after the "glitch."
We first noticed the omission after reviewing the "Google cache" version of NBC's original article and comparing it with the republished version.