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Monday, March 13, 2017

CBO report doesn't matter

The Congressional Budget Office issued a report on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The Fake News media is atwitter because the CBO panned it.
From the New York Times:
The House Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would cause 24 million people to lose health insurance within a decade, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Monday.
Neat trick as the program covered only 9 million people.

From the Wall Street Journal:
The House Republican effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act could hit many rural areas particularly hard, according to a new analysis, sharply increasing the cost for some residents buying their own insurance.
Didn't Obamacare already do that?

From CNBC:
Fourteen million people would become uninsured next year if the top Republican proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare is signed into law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday.
That's because those 14 million will drop out once Republicans drop the mandate.

And on and on it goes. Where it stops, who the hell knows?

Because the CBO and the Fake News media have no credibility.

They blew it eight years ago when they foisted Obamacare on us.

Remember you can keep your doctor? When we said that was foolish, the media called us racist.

Remember premiums will go down an average of $2,500 a year? When we said that was foolish, the media called us racist.

Remember how this would increase jobs? When we said that was foolish and full-time jobs would become part-time, the media called us racist.

So now after eight years of telling us lies and calling us racist, the Fake News media wants us to listen.

From Time:
President Trump Made 3 Big Promises on Health Care. The Budget Office Just Undercut All of Them.
No one who voted for Trump cares.

The people who elected Trump president already figured some people will lose health insurance -- most of them by choice. President Trump's supporters already figured the repeal would hit their areas hardest.

But they also figured something the Fake News media overlook. Health insurance is not the same as health care. Medicaid covers the truly poor. Obamacare was just more government interference in people's lives.

If Obamacare were so good, why did President Obama have to force people to take it with a mandate?

I doubt anyone in the DC media ever asked that question, because hey, they are all geniuses.

But Trump supporters figured it out.

The CBO said this will cost 24 million people their insurance? That's nice, but no one cares. It lied eight years ago about Obamacare. No sane person believes them this time.



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14 comments:

  1. Whatever plan comes out, Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Executive SES folks all should be required to use it. And include such language requiring it as part of the law.

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  2. Unfortunately, "people who voted for Trump" won't care, but the FakeNews will still sway many who aren't paying attention.

    Maybe we need a new head of the CBO.

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  3. "If Obamacare were so good, why did President Obama have to force people to take it with a mandate?" And why was it rammed thru and passed by Democrats only, without knowing what was in it?

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  4. Since the D'rats didn't know what was in it before they voted for it, they can't have voted for it because of its virtues, because they didn't know what those were supposed to be. So they'd have voted for it even if it was crap. Which is, of course, what they did.

    Oy. Good thing the government doesn't try to run things, huh?

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  5. What does matter is that this is a tremendously terrible bill.

    It simply amends Obamacare while leaving the worst aspects of it in place. It also leaves thousands of other sections entirely in place.

    Yes, there are some good reforms added, and yes they are abolishing a few of the nastier bits of Obamacare, but this is absolutely NOT a repeal. Merely a minor tweaking, by amendment.

    Like the reforms? Fine - abolish the entirety of Obamacare, repeal the whole thing, and then add some reforms into the same bill (or a subsequent bill).

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    1. Excellent post. Obamacare has plenty of flaws and needs fixing but what is being proposed now is a "disaster" to quote a certain Putin puppet.

      The CBO only confirms what U.S. Senators have been saying for days. The current House plan is DOA when they get it.

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  6. Surber: You really believe your own quote?? "The people who elected Trump president already figured some people will lose health insurance -- most of them by choice. President Trump's supporters already figured the repeal would hit their areas hardest."

    Apparently you missed these Trump quotes. These quotes are what the "patriots" voted for.

    Trump: "We're going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can't pay for it, you don't get it. That's not going to happen with us. [Citizens] can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.”

    "It's going to be — what my plan is is that I want to take care of everybody. I'm not going to leave the lower 20% that can't afford insurance."

    “I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”

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    1. Aw. nobody cares, that was the campaign. I certainly don't care if someone is losing the "insurance" that I have to pay for...

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  7. The rhinos should have replaced the cbo once they controlled Congress. Live and learn. The dems on the cbo will never score a Republican bill favorably.

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    1. Jim - your post is why I keeping reading this blog for its comic gold.

      You obviously don't know that the current CBO Director, Keith Hall, is a conservative economist who was selected two years ago by - get this! - Republican Tom Price, then the chairman of the House Budget Committee and now the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

      Pure comedy gold.

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  8. Can anyone tell me the last time that the CBO actually got something right? - Elric

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  9. The CBO has severe limits on what it analyzes. What ifs are not permitted. It is what it is.

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  10. The CBO has severe limits on what it analyzes. What ifs are not permitted. It is what it is.

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  11. it always amuses me that dc thinks I have to have my health care decided by them. and they weren't smart enough to grasp that you can't charge people sky high premiums that pay for people paying 50 a month and not piss off a ton of us. I couldn't believe they ran those 50 buck a month healthcare.gov ads. People who are getting hammered to a tune of 1500 a month for garbage coverage knew what was going on.

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