Washington Post reports CBO Director Delivered Devastating Blows to Obama’s Reform
The Washington Post is not known for its impartial treatment of anything associated with President Obama. This lead from their news story on the CBO Director’s testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget is amazing for its tone:
“Congress’s chief budget analyst delivered a devastating assessment yesterday of the health-care proposals drafted by congressional Democrats, fueling an insurrection among fiscal conservatives in the House and pushing negotiators in the Senate to redouble efforts to draw up a new plan that more effectively restrains federal spending.”
Then the Washington Post continues, uncharacteristically, to honestly cover the criticism CBO raised in the Senate Budget Committee hearing:
“I’m going to really put you on the spot,” Conrad said. “From what you have seen from the products of the committees that have reported, do you see a successful effort being mounted to bend the long-term cost curve?”
Elmendorf responded: “No, Mr. Chairman.” Although the House plan to cover the uninsured, for example, would add more than $1 trillion to federal health spending over the next decade, according to the CBO, it would trim about $500 billion from existing programs — increasing federal health spending overall.
Some provisions of the bill have the potential to trim spending further, Elmendorf said, but “the changes that we have looked at so far do not represent the sort of fundamental change, the order of magnitude that would be necessary, to offset the direct increase in federal health costs that would result from the insurance coverage proposals.”