Re: “Supreme Court’s decision cuts reform law’s 11-year cost by $84 billion, CBO says,” Modern Healthcare.com, July 24: Upon reading this article, my trust in the Congressional Budget Office has fallen further than I thought possible. While the CBO gives big headlines to reductions, it also hedges its predictions, effectively saying, “We don’t have any idea how much Obamacare costs.” And by the way, why is an 11-year period used? Why not one year or 25 years or 13 years, 13 weeks, 13 days, 13 hours or 13 minutes for that matter? Or maybe it does matter because in year 12, the balloon payment comes due.
Let’s face it, our president, along with the rest of our government, can’t add two numbers and get the same answer twice. And the CBO doesn’t have to be accountable if its numbers are hedged sufficiently.
As Walter Cronkite would say, “And that’s the way it is.” Shameful. I think I know what’s making everyone sick: a primary diagnosis of our government’s ineptitude with a co-morbidity of self-aggrandizement presenting symptoms of manic delusion in the hope of citizens imagining they’ll be happy if only they trust Washington bureaucrats to solve their problems.