News on the Health Care front….the Republicans get an early start, despite the facts. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports that scrapping the Comprehensive Health Care Bill would increase the federal deficit by more than $200 billion. The details:
“Rescinding the federal law to overhaul the health-care system, the first objective of House Republicans who ascended to power this week, would ratchet up the federal deficit by about $230 billion over the next decade and leave 32 million more Americans uninsured, according to congressional budget analysts.”
The predictable Republican response was that the CBO “had relied on flawed assumptions they had been provided by Democrats. ‘CBO is entitled to their opinion,’ Boehner declared at his first news conference as speaker,” The Washington Post reports.
While the chief GOP gavel-wielder, John Boehner, might argue about Democratic influence on the Congressional Budget Office, it is hard to spin the facts his way.
The CBO director, Douglas W. Elmendorf, had this to say:
“Because CBO and JCT[the Joint Committee on Taxation] estimated that the March 2010 health care legislation would reduce budget deficits over the 2010–2019 period and in subsequent years, we expect that repealing that legislation would increase budget deficits. The resulting increase in deficits projected for fiscal years 2012 through 2019 is likely to be similar in size to—but not exactly the same as—the reduction in deficits that was originally estimated to result from the enacted legislation.”
Context and reality get in the way of Boehner’s gavel.