Denial is the most primitive defense: Trump official slams CBO score: It’s ‘just not believable’
The CBO score is calculated. They use numbers. All assumptions are explicit. Trump should not just say it’s not believable, he should show where it’s wrong. But he cannot. Same reason he cannot produce the evidence that convinced him that Obama had had his phones tapped.
Jordan Fabian reports in The Hill:
The Trump administration on Monday slammed a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate that millions of people would become uninsured under the Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
“We disagree strenuously with the report that was put out,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told reporters at the White House.
Price said the analysis released Monday afternoon does not take into account the entirety of the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which he said would cover more people while lowering costs.
The long-awaited report has roiled the debate over the GOP’s bid to overhaul the healthcare system, which would include repealing many elements of the Affordable Care Act and creating a new tax credit to help people buy insurance.
The plan, formally titled the American Health Care Act, is already facing resistance from conservatives who say the bill doesn’t go far enough, while more moderate Republicans have expressed concern about the bill’s defunding of Planned Parenthood and the rollback of expanded access to Medicaid.
The CBO, an independent scorekeeper for Congress, found that 14 million people would lose their insurance coverage by next year under the bill, with the number rising to 24 million over a decade.
Of the 14 million figure, Price said, “it’s virtually impossible to have that number occur.”
“It’s just not believable, is what we would suggest,” he added.
The health secretary said the nonpartisan budget office only looked at the House bill and not the two other parts of the administration’s three-phase healthcare plan, which includes regulatory changes and additional legislation. . .
Show where it’s wrong, Price.