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CBO Can’t Score Obama Plan, No Details

From the blog of the Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

The Obama Administration’s Health Care Proposal

Monday, February 22nd, 2010 by Douglas Elmendorf

This morning the Obama Administration released a description of its health care proposal, and CBO has already received several requests to provide a cost estimate for that proposal. We had not previously received the proposal, and we have just begun the process of reviewing it—a process that will take some time, given the complexity of the issues involved.

Although the proposal reflects many elements that were included in the health care bills passed by the House and the Senate last year, it modifies many of those elements and also includes new ones. Moreover, preparing a cost estimate requires very detailed specifications of numerous provisions, and the materials that were released this morning do not provide sufficient detail on all of the provisions.

Therefore, CBO cannot provide a cost estimate for the proposal without additional detail, and, even if such detail were provided, analyzing the proposal would be a time-consuming process that could not be completed this week.

Of course it is no accident that Mr. Obama’s plan doesn’t provide the CBO either the details or the time to give a cost estimate.

That way Mr. Obama can continue to pretend that his $1 trillion reform plan doesn’t raise the deficit.

Which, after all, he promised during his address to a joint session of Congress on September 9, 2009:

I will not sign [any healthcare legislation] if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period. 

Ironically, this is the same speech during which Congressman Joe Wilson got into so much trouble for blurting out, “You lie!”

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “CBO Can’t Score Obama Plan, No Details”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I’ll score it for them.


    There. Done.

  2. proreason says:

    Then the Republicans are free to score it with reasonable assumptions.

    And they should.

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