"... Well, the reason was the Iraq war cost about a trillion dollars. So the selling point from the Democrats was that it wasn't gonna spend any new money. "We're just gonna get out of Iraq; we're gonna stop fighting the Iraq war. We're gonna take that money and put it where it really matters: Health care, affordable health care for all Americans!" And that's how they brought recalcitrant Democrats on board. It is how they lied to the American people and said, "Basically Obamacare is gonna be a wash. We're just gonna cancel the Iraq war, which is costing about trillion dollars and replace it with Obamacare, which is $900 billion." And at the time, for those of you who were here, we told you that it was a bogus number, that there was no way it could come in at $900 billion.
And that the CBO could only score what Congress members gave them.
CBO cannot make assumptions. The Congressional Budget Office can only score the cost of legislation based on the input or the data that they are given from members of Congress. Of course, it's "garbage in, garbage out." The data was flawed, and here's the proof: "President Obama's national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law. Democrats employed many accounting tricks when they were pushing through the national health care legislation, the most egregious of which was to delay full implementation of the law until 2014, so it would appear cheaper under the CBO's standard ten-year budget window and, at least on paper, meet Obama's pledge that the legislation would cost 'around $900 billion over 10 years...'" (Source)
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