Bachmann's health care repeal effort could add $230B to the deficit [UPDATE]
A Congressional Budget Office analysis says the health care reform repeal backed by Minnesota Reps. Michele Bachmann, John Kline and Chip Cravaack would boost the federal deficit by $230 billion over the next 10 years and leave 32 million more Americans uninsured.
Wait. Didn't they all just win elections after campaigning to reduce the deficit? Wasn't Bachmann just on Fox News with little hand charts, teasing Greta Van Susteren about a nonexistent presidential run so she could furrow her eyebrow over GDP and loan defaults?
Sure. And Republicans just approved a change in House rules that says that no bills can pass if they add to the deficit.
No matter though. House Speaker John Boehner said the nonpartisan CBO report is just "opinion." He's the one with the facts.
On top of that, the GOP moved the goal posts: They exempted the proposed health care repeal from meeting their deficit rules.
Update: Bachmann was on Sean Hannity's show last night, arguing with New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner about the cost of health care reform, and its repeal. She called the CBO's research "fake," but less than a minute later, she relied on CBO numbers to harangue Obama on the deficit.
Watch the exchange about 8 minutes into this clip:
Download and read the CBO report by clicking here.
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