Members of the Trump administration did their best to discredit the Congressional Budget Office’s (“CBO”) soon to be released scoring of the Republican’s legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, the “American Health Care Act,” during appearances on several of yesterday’s Sunday talking head shows.
The CBO is expected to release its analysis of the health care bill as soon as Monday. The scoring release will reveal the CBO’s cost estimate and projected reach and limits of coverage for the GOP’s American Health Care Act. The CBO is widely expected to predict that millions of people currently insured thanks to Obamacare might lose that coverage making it more difficult to round up votes to pass the Obamacare repeal and replace bill.
The Trump administration did its best to blunt the expected bad news by saying the CBO often gets things wrong and even analyzes the wrong things. They have a point. As CNN reports, when the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, the agency estimated 21 million would gain coverage through health care exchanges in 2016. Three years later, the agency raised the figure to 22 million. That CBO estimate was off.