Skip to comments.Health law study puts Obama administration on the defensive
Posted on 04/10/2012 9:28:34 AM PDT by tobyhill
The Obama administration is playing defense after a Republican Medicare trustee released a report that says the president's healthcare law will add $340 billion to the deficit.
In a White House blog post late Monday night, the president's deputy assistant for health policy derided the report as "another brand of 'new math' " and highlighted the political ties of its author, Charles Blahous, who was a champion of privatizing Social Security during the George W. Bush administration.
"In another attempt to refight the battles of the past, one former Bush administration official is wrongly claiming that some of the savings in the Affordable Care Act are 'double-counted' and that the law actually increases the deficit," Jeanne Lambrew wrote.
"This claim is false. This new math fits the old pattern of mischaracterizations about the Affordable Care Act when official estimates show the healthcare law reduces the deficit."
In his report, Blahous revisits the Republican claim that the administration "double counted" Medicare savings when scoring the budgetary impact of the law. He argues that practice hides the real cost of the measure, even though it conforms with government accounting rules and has been used by both parties in the past.
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This is just a drop in the bucket.
A veiled comment about the size of his ears puts them on the defensive. This GUY SUCKS!
“a Republican Medicare trustee”
I wonder what that hack had to say about the cost of Dubya’s Medicare Part D. Somehow I doubt he piped up when the bill of THAT monstrosity was being calculated.
And that the bucket is the size of a rail car tanker.
The report is a fraud. It didn’t consider the effect that pixie dust will have on reducing administration costs or the healing power of unicorn dung.