Well, That Didn’t Take Long: NRO Spins GOP’s Deficit Increase Plan

Daniel Foster for the National Review Online spins the news that the “Obamacare” repeal would cost in excess of $200 billion (CBO preliminaries place it at -$770b, +$540b):

Again, the CBO is saying repealing Obamacare would shrink the size of government by $770 billion over a ten-year period.

Reduction in revenue is reduction in the “size of government,” even when not met with concomitant spending cuts, in blatant violation of several promises. Brilliant spin, terrible policies, lies all the way down. Ladies and gentlemen, your Republican Party.



  1. I note the Republicans call their repeal attempt the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act”. Maybe health care reform would have been more popular if the Democrats had named it the “Preventing Insurance Companies from Killing Infants and Small Adorably Furry Kittens Act”, or PICKISFAFA for short.

    On a more serious note, the ironical thing about Foster’s claim is that increasing the deficit actually increases the impact of the government on the economy, because its debts will represent a greater share of the total national debts. It’s so adorable when pundits try to do economics.

    1. Er, PICKISAFKA, of course. (This ‘reading’ thing is hard.)

  2. Charming, ne?

    And yeah, I’d be less offended by the repeal bill, I think, if it was half decently written, and had a title that didn’t make me look like it was written a seventh grader in Model UN. No offense to Model UN!

  3. I’d be less offended if the Republicans would acknowledge how many of their ideas are in the reform bill they want to kill, and they kept the debate to the parts that aren’t. I also find it interesting that business interests, who we keep being told are not hiring due to “regulatory uncertainty” – including this regulatory set – aren’t slapping Republican leaders around for upsetting the apple cart.

  4. I find the Republican Party’s and most conservatives reaction to CBO estimates to be very concerning.

    They always just choose to ignore the information that’s given to them by the CBO, to match their own beliefs in policy at the time.

    If they HCR will lessen the deficit, let’s say they did it wrong. If the CBO says what we do will raise the deficit, ignore it and spin it.

    There’s no place there for a unbiased position.

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