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Health law study puts Obama administration on the defensive
the hill ^ | 4/10/2012 | By Julian Pecquet

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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Obama had promised that Obamacare wouldn't add one dime to the deficit but smart people knew he was lying from day one.
1 posted on 04/10/2012 9:28:40 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill
What would Il Douche know about “new math” when he's innumerate in the “old math”?
2 posted on 04/10/2012 9:31:36 AM PDT by mrsmel
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To: tobyhill
As Rush just pointed out, we already know that Obamacare is going to cost twice what they said it was.

This is just a drop in the bucket.

3 posted on 04/10/2012 9:32:30 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: tobyhill

A veiled comment about the size of his ears puts them on the defensive. This GUY SUCKS!


4 posted on 04/10/2012 9:34:46 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: tobyhill

“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.


5 posted on 04/10/2012 9:38:45 AM PDT by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: tobyhill
Drudge this morning

OBAMACARE 'EXPLODES DEFICIT'...

Study: 'Reform' adds $530 billion in debt...

FLASHBACK - "And here's what you need to know. First, I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits -- either now or in the future." (Applause.)


6 posted on 04/10/2012 10:09:47 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

And that the bucket is the size of a rail car tanker.


7 posted on 04/10/2012 10:47:17 AM PDT by oyez ( Yomomacare going done once, going down twice, going---..)
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To: tobyhill

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.


8 posted on 04/10/2012 12:04:42 PM PDT by LostPassword
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