Regardless, here’s the news that anyone with any intelligence and honesty knew was coming:
Congressional Budget Office estimates released Tuesday predict the health care overhaul will likely cost about $115 billion more in discretionary spending over ten years than the original cost projections.
The additional spending — if approved over the years by Congress — would bring the total estimated cost of the overhaul to over $1 trillion.
Republicans pounced on the news, which they called another sign that the Obama administration makes promises it cannot deliver…
…But a Democratic leadership aide on Capitol Hill said the Congress will have to stay within the budget.
“Just like other authorized programs, the discretionary programs in health reform will need to compete for funds within set budgetary limits,” the aide said. “Republicans fighting to repeal reform can say what they want, but the bottom line is that CBO says reform will reduce the deficit and slow the growth of health care costs — period.”
William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection notes that the miserable politicians who voted for this monstrosity can now only claim to be disappointed in this news if they also acknowledge that they “…willingly ignored warnings that they were selling public policy based on phony numbers.” Which, of course, they won’t, because by and large they are the largest collection of unprincipled filth to ever collect on Capitol Hill.
Let me take a moment to address the pathetic argument of the idiotic Democratic leadership aide, who claims that “the bottom line is that CBO says reform will reduce the deficit and slow the growth of health care costs – period.” Hey, idiot: CBO estimates are only as good as the numbers your dirtbag lying bosses in the Democrat caucus feed into CBO. In other words, GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT. Basing your claim of cost savings on the CBO estimates that came from the goofy numbers that Pelosi and Reid cooked up is something akin to basing your claim to being the sexiest man alive on your mother’s opinion that you’re a very handsome lad. In all likelihood, the evidence has been shaded in your favor and your claim is going to be demolished upon first contact with reality.
And of course, reality hasn’t been kind to Obamacare supporters since they cast their votes. Recall that Henry Waxman and his stormtroopers already found this out when they had to cancel their assault on companies which reported – as required by law – that Obamacare was going to cause them to take massive financial losses. Again, no surprise to anyone who has,well, basic intelligence and observation skills.
Of course, none of this is really a surprise to the Dems. Waxman screwed up in that he didn’t forsee how one element of his massive regulatory state would interact with the new element. This was all expected; they rammed it through presuming that once Obamacare was in place, inertia would make it impossible to roll back and we’d all just accept that higher taxes and everything else were inevitable. They scheme, they lie, they crave power. We need to slap them down in November.