By Sam Foster
CBO has a very preliminary estimate of repealing health care and if you were to read any news print on it you'd think that it would cost some crazy number like $230 billion. Or maybe you'd hear something goofy about how 32 million people will lose coverage. However, what we have is a mad dash from the left to set the message on health care reform.
It's silly really, but unfortunately also very effective. Silly in that somehow we are talking about how 32 million people will lose coverage that they don't yet have and won't for years to come. Increase budget deficits? Just how does legislation that hasn't even started to take effect increase budget deficits?
Yet, this type of shenanigan works if left unchallenged. It's how we wind up talking about tax cuts for the rich, when in actuality we are staving off tax increases. It's how we wind up talking about how tax cuts add to the deficit, when a tax cut isn't a cost outlay (i.e. it costs nothing to let people keep their own money).
Public opinion wasn't swayed by this type of propaganda when the bill was passed, but Republicans ought not take this for granted on repeal.