On how much ObamaCare would cost vs. how much it would “save”

Posted by: ST on March 19, 2010 at 9:34 am

Bill Jacobson, Jeffrey Anderson at The Weekly Standard, and Michelle Malkin all have must-reads posted this morning on how Democrats have used the CBO’s crediblity in order to destroy it, all in a smoke and mirrors effort to fool everyone on the cost vs. “savings” aspect of ObamaCare.

As Kevin Glass explained yesterday, the CBO went with what it had to work with, which wasn’t much at all, and put qualifiers on a lot of what they were projecting. So, in essence, the much-heralded-by-the left CBO report was indeed a joke -and a slap in the face to every American who has the right to know just how much this is going to cost us if it passes. As far as the “savings” go? Please. Ed Morrissey pegs it right:

The problem is simple from the perspective of Washington and the Democrats, too. They need to pass health-care reform but make it look like it saves money. The only way to do that is to force states into expanding Medicaid in order to absorb more of the uninsured. The nifty part for Democrats in Washington is that Medicaid costs are mainly borne by the states.

[TN Gov. Phil] Bredesen’s right about the expansion of Medicaid under current conditions — it’s part of the entitlement catastrophe already, and this will hasten its arrival. We’re about to take a program whose growth already outstrips inflation and our economic growth and vastly expand it through federal mandates on the states.

Does this actually save us money? Of course not. It’s a shell game. Our state taxes will have to increase while Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama blather on about cost “savings” in ObamaCare. Meanwhile, states already running in the red will find themselves desperate for cash infusions, just as Bredesen describes. Where will that come? Given its track record on Porkulus, Obama will almost certainly push for more “stimulus” block grants for states in order to cover those shortfalls caused by the new federal mandates, which means the federal government will pay for this in most cases, probably for the next several years. It just won’t get included in the accounting for ObamaCare, allowing Democrats to claim that they have somehow reduced spending on health care through their reform.


I’ll be on Twitter off and on today, tweeting about the latest goings-on on the ObamaCare front in the House. You can follow my tweets here and you can also follow what others are tweeting about ObamaCare – and the all-important Whip count – by searching the #HCR hashtag.

Lastly, make sure you check out Ed Whelan’s “It’s Now or Never” post at NRO that contains important House member contact info. Melt those phones!

RSS feed for comments on this post.


10 Responses to “On how much ObamaCare would cost vs. how much it would “save””


  1. NC Cop says:

    Well, wait a minute. Did all of the CBO’s estimates include all the bribes and payoffs, or did they leave those out?

    The shell game analogy was right on. They will move and hide funds and claim that it is saving money.

    I never thought I would see this day in this country. I really didn’t.

  2. Kate says:

    And now the teleprompter in chief is out at a personal pep rally promoting whatever he deems will pass as a health care reform bill. What a circus! How many of those people sitting behind him have any idea why they are there..time away from class…no school..no work. Just warm cheering bodies sent to cheer him on whatever he says. This Would make Herman Goebbels proud!

  3. I had to change the channel while Fox had him on, Kate. It was his typical pre-election pep rally, demonizing private entities, going after the news, etc and so on.

  4. John Bibb says:

    An old Soviet Russia era joke went as follows: An airliner with the Premier and all the Politboro members crashed–all on board died. Question–who was saved?
    Cue the airliners and start loading them up in D.C.
    John Bibb

  5. Paul says:

    Who knows what the truth may be ? I do not trust the news media and the government too much if the truth be known. Facts can be manipulated to suit people’s agendas as can figures. Both sides have done it or are doing it.Tell a lie enough and some gullible people will start to believe it. It’s disinformation.

  6. Carlos says:

    Another relevant joke: A busload of lawyers on their way to a convention crashed and went over a steep cliff. What a tragedy!

    One of the lawyers lived!

    Maybe it’s time to load the admin and Congress onto buses to go over a high mountain pass?

  7. On how much ObamaCare would cost vs. how much it would “save”” is such so ideal. Later on when real things starts to unfold then they will surely realized that “maybe” they missed out something, and that something is too throw them all out.

  8. Carlos says:

    These jackasses haven’t missed anything, Sheila. They just conveniently ignored reality, and it won’t catch up to them until after they’re long out of office. Hopefully, sometime they will be out of office.

  9. Bottom line is you can’t give coverage to millions more people and increase benefits without an increase in cost. It’s more than a shell game, it’s an outright lie. They’re counting on the greed of their liberal constituents who want free ice cream for everyone.