Republicans Release Bogus Report Contesting the CBO's Finding That Heathcare Repeal Would Cost $230 Billion

The GOP wasted no time at all countering yesterday's Congressional Budget Office report, which pointed out a fact that has been obvious to rational individuals all along: that repealing healthcare reform would increase the deficit. In fact, it would do so by $230 billion over the next decade, according to the report. As I said, that is an obvious point -- if enacting healthcare reform decreases the deficit, then of course repealing it must increase the deficit. Duh.

Of course, that means repealing healthcare reform is not a fiscally responsible thing to do. But that hasn't stopped the GOP (aka the party of "fiscal responsibility") from plowing ahead with its efforts to dismantle the law piece-by-piece. On the heels of yesterday's CBO release, Republicans released a counter-report containing their own twisted "portrayal of the financial effects of keeping the law intact," reports the Washington Post.

The report, filled with the incendiary language the GOP has adopted to discuss the law, is entitled: "Obama-care: A budget-busting, job-killing health care law" and features on its cover a gate padlocked with a thick chain.

The GOP report contests the CBO's assessment that the law would lower the deficit. And it picks apart aspects of the law that Republicans especially dislike, including a requirement that many employers offer their workers health coverage or incur a fine, and tax reporting requirements.

In other words, a pile of lies plastered with partisan catch-phrases.

House Speaker John Boehner was out in the media dissing the CBO the first chance he got.

"CBO is entitled to their opinion," Boehner declared at his first news conference as speaker

Which would be a fine thing to say if the CBO had written an opinion column rather than a thorough, numbers-based report.

Continuing the trend of dueling healthcare reports, Harvard health economist David Cutler is expected to release his own report today detailing how a healthcare reform repeal would negatively impact health insurance prices and jobs. Which means we can expect another bogus report from Republicans by, say, Saturday afternoon.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at January 7, 2011, 7:36am

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