Video: Republican Party Edits Supreme Court Tape for Ad

| by Michael Allen

The Republican National Convention edited an audio tape of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to make it sound as if he couldn't defend the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. Supreme Court this week.

In the 30-second ad (video below) released by the RNC on Tuesday, Verrilli stutters and awkwardly pauses before trailing off: “For more than 80 percent of Americans, the ah insurance system does provide effective access — Excuse me. Ah — it ah be-be because the ah the ah the — Excuse me."

However, Bloomberg.com compared the ad to the actual audio recording of Verrilli’s argument before the justices and found that it had been doctored.

“For more than 80 percent of Americans, the, ah, insurance system does provide effective access,” Verrilli actually said, pausing briefly. “Excuse me, but for more than 40 million who do not have access to health insurance, either through their employer or through government programs such as Medicare or Medicaid, the system does not work.”