In response to Health Care Updates: Democrats, Republicans Respond To CBO Score1, a friend of mine wrote: "The CBO numbers are out, reform is coming." Oh, really?
The CBO release estimated the overall budget savings to health care would be approximately $138 billion. The CBO Director stated: "This estimate is therefore preliminary, pending a review of the language of the reconciliation proposal, as well as further review and refinement of the budgetary projections." So, we, the American people, are to base our final, hurried support of Obamacare on a preliminary estimate?
I find this to be interesting. I wonder how these numbers should be viewed in light of the fact that the Medicare fix would push health care into the red by $59 billion2 as the CBO sheepishly admitted after the the short-lived fan-fare.
What's the difference between Enron and Lehman Brothers moving massive amounts of debts off the books the day before the accounting period ends to bring them back the day after and the Democrats moving the "Medicare" fix out of the bill before sending it to the CBO and putting it back in thereafter?
Is Obamacare such that the only way they can get it shoved down our throats is to give us the old bait and switch? Anybody up for a game of Democratic Three-card Monty? Anybody?