Repubs make bogus claims about CBO report on Obamacare

Steve Benen, one of my favorite bloggers, rightly notes that reports from the Congressional Budget Office “can get a little tricky if you’re not used to looking at them — they’re not light reading for lay audiences.”

With that in mind, I’m not going to bother parsing a new CBO report on the Affordable Care Act. I’ll just tell you that Republican politicians and their media cheerleaders are stumbling over one another in their eagerness to give the document a false spin.

The truth of the matter is explained HERE and HERE and HERE.



  1. What about this aspect of the CBO report?

    I know the President said that we could all keep our current coverage if we liked it.


    But any loss of employer-sponsored coverage could be disruptive to the people who lose their insurance, even if they’re able to replace it through another source, like the health insurance exchanges that will be created under the law. And Republicans and other critics of the law are sure to highlight the new estimates as proof that health reform will force people out of health plans they like.
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said the report proves President Barack Obama has already broken his promise that health reform wouldn’t endanger the coverage people already have. “As nonpartisan analysts made clear today, millions of Americans will soon learn the hard way that Washington’s overreach into their health care decisions will result in sharp disruptions to their coverage and their care,” Ryan said in a statement. “The president’s disastrous health care law continues to unravel.”
    And Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said the 20 million estimate “exposes more of the real costs of the president’s unconstitutional, deeply flawed health spending law. … This law keeps getting worse and worse; it needs to be repealed.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74061.html#ixzz1pEdJgsMx

  2. Carol Foster

    It would have been nice if the Republicans had cared at all about the need for changes in our healthcare system in the first place rather than trying to shoot a hole in the boat of what this President got passed into law.Their no nothing example where healthcare is concerned for the American People is clear, They did exactly zip. And how they feel about women’s healthcare needs is the same, zip!
    They will talk money till the cows come home, but they don’t talk about people.
    Tax cuts for the wealthy is chump change in savings but their support of keeping those cheaper rates for those who can afford healthcare under the old system is what’s so telling about them.

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