CBO punctures Goodlatte’s health care fantasy

It’s not clear whether this interview with Congressman Goodlatte on WHSV3 in Harrisonburg was conducted before or after the Congressional Budget Office released its finding that 24 million Americans stand to lose health insurance under the Republicans’ proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act, but here are some of the things he said:

“This plan [i.e., the Republican alternative] is headed where it needs to head.”

“We will replace the mandates with greater access to health care.”

“Those people [i.e., people currently covered by the ACA] will have a long transition period to switch over to something else.”

The Washington Post reports:

The analysis, released late Monday afternoon by the Congressional Budget Office, predicts that 24 million fewer people would have coverage a decade from now than if the Affordable Care Act remains intact, nearly doubling the share of Americans who are uninsured from 10 percent to 19 percent. The office projects the number of uninsured people would jump 14 million after the first year.

The CBO is led by a Republican appointed by GOP leaders in 2015.

3 thoughts on “CBO punctures Goodlatte’s health care fantasy

  1. Bob Goodlatte along with leadership in the Republican House and Senate straight on through to the TOP of the ticket are set on taking whatever they want to indulge themselves. All of their energy is diverted to propaganda. Ronald Reagan’s agenda has come home to roost. We have a dumped down public dependent on instant gratification and devices that feed that need. These guys , all of them have an inert sense of how best to exploit for their own dysfunctional self indulgence. We are in a Constitutional crisis dependent on the forward thinking decency of a bunch of block heads with little humanity.

    One point I’ll gift to your readers today. You’ll hear a drum beat of propagandists telling the viewing audience the CBO is basing its conclusions on the discharge of millions of Americans on Medicaid today leaving Medicaid and growing the ranks of the uninsured just as soon as they are not mandated to be on Medicaid. They site this fact as the reason why the CBO’s projections are flawed. Of course this is plain ridiculous. Trump’s chief budget henchman is stomping around insisting that this assumption is why the CBO report cannot be “right” He conveniently leaves out, and unfortunately TV reporters are just too stupid to know their stuff in the moment have let this guy’s manipulative logic off the hook.

    While it may be true that Medicaid recipients today will NOT add to the ranks of the uninsured and if so we may not be adding 24MM more uninsured ( The CBO’s projection ) to the ranks of the uninsured in 10 years that must mean that more people will stay on MEDICAID and there for the cost to keep them on Medicaid would discount the CBO’s projection of premium decreases which are so nominal its laughable, something like 2 bucks a week 10 years from now – HA

    The Goodlattes, Ryan’s McConnels, Trumps and Mulcavey’s know this but count on you not knowing it. Relying on the lag time to bolster their position. These guys are all detestable, deceitful pigs


  2. We were duped into to believing better, cheaper. Help is on the way. Pray for the 24,000,000 Americans to stay healthy until 2018. Representative Goodlatte’s vague statement demonstrates he is GOP above Virginians and Americans. 2018 can’t come soon enough


  3. I received an email message from Congressman Goodlatte a couple days ago, in response to my notes expressing resistance to HR-1628. This message included the standard unsupportable reasoning for why this bill was going to make everyone’s lives better. It also included a (broken) link to the Republican’s “Read The Bill” site. I called Congressman Goodlatte’s office again to explain some of the errors in the email message, but the aide answering the phone was really only interested in my “yes or no” opinion. So I suspect they’re either hammered by calls or don’t really care. Given how quickly my call was answered I suspect the latter…

    The “Read The Bill” site includes this phrase: “HHS Secretary Tom Price will deregulate the marketplace to stabilize it…” Does anyone recall any instance where deregulation ever stabilized a market?


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