Thursday on Bloomberg TV, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) took aim at the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the American Health Care Act, which claimed 23 million would lose their health insurance by 2026 if the legislation were put into law.
Gohmert noted the CBO doesn’t have the best track record in predictions, particularly about the original Obamacare law passed in 2010.
“Let me tell you about CBO — I could care less about what CBO said,” Gohmert explained. “You know – they said Obamacare was going to be $1.1, 1.2 [trillion] and Obama calls Elmendorf, the director over at the Oval Office, woodsheds him awhile and he comes out and say, ‘You know, it’s probably around $800 billion.’ And then after it passes, they say ‘well, maybe it’s $1.7 [trillion] or so.’ Then we hear ‘well, more like $2.6 [trillion] over 15 [years] at least $4 trillion.’ So, I continue to say – any entity that’s margin of error is plus or minus 200-400 percent, they should not be scoring anything.”
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