CBO: Smarter Sentencing Act Would Save Billions Over the Next Decade

By: Friday September 12, 2014 7:26 am

Not surprisingly, shortening some our of absurdly long mandatory minimum sentencing rules for non-violent drug offenders would reduce the prison population and save the government a significant amount of money. A new report from the Congressional Budget Office looks at the financial impact of the Senate proposed Smarter Sentencing Act, which would reduce mandatory minimums [...]

Obama Touts 8 Million Exchange Sign Ups

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 1:34 pm

  Now that the official open enrollment closed last month and the extended quasi-open period ended a few days ago President Obama held a rare press conference to tout  the final numbers for Obamacare this year. The big number is 8 million people have selected a plan on the new exchanges created by the Affordable [...]

CBO Again Lowers Cost Estimates for Obamacare Coverage Provisions

By: Monday April 14, 2014 9:12 am

Now that the Congressional Budget Office has some real enrollment numbers to work with they have again lowered the projected cost of Affordable Care Act coverage expansion provisions. They now assume these provisions will only cost $1,383 billion from 2015-2024. That is $104 billion less than their estimates from February of this year. From the [...]

How Paul Ryan’s Budget Proves the Federal Debt isn’t a Priority for Republicans

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 1:20 pm

The CBO is diplomatically saying that their analysis of the Ryan budget is nonsense because he asked for a fake score

Obamacare: 7 Million Signups Isn’t 7 Million Covered

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 9:13 am

When talking about health care the media has been conflating what are actually two very different things which just happen to contain the figure “7 million.” There is the 7 million signup benchmark for success set by the Obama administration and the 7 million covered by exchange plans projected by the Congressional Budget Office last year. While they may sound interchangeable they are not.

No, the GOP Did Not Take a 50th Vote to Repeal Obamacare

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 8:40 am

I’m annoyed when a political messaging gains so much traction that many in the media start treating it as fact. A perfect example of this is how so many outlets are reporting that House Republicans just took their “50th vote to repeal Obamacare.” I’ve seen places including Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times, Salon, Talking Points [...]

Regular People Don’t Pay Any Attention to the CBO

By: Tuesday February 11, 2014 7:24 am

The big story among health care policy circles and some pundits over the past few days has been a new Congressional Budget Office report. Republicans falsely seized on it to claim that Obamacare would “eliminate 2.5 million jobs.” Multiple experts and Democrats pushed back against this charge and it eventually got so bad the CBO [...]

The Moral Absurdity of the Hardship Exemption

By: Tuesday January 7, 2014 7:53 am

As part of my continuing series highlighting many design problems with the Affordable Care Act, I turn to the logically incoherent structure of the hardship exemption. This is less an actual design problem and more of a moral problem. You can be exempt from the individual mandate if “the lowest-priced coverage available to you would [...]

It Was Always Politics Before Policy on Health Care

By: Monday December 16, 2013 8:20 am

This is only the latest example of politics trumping policy on health care at the Obama White House. The entire writing of the law was about getting the political optics right with little concern about making the individual pieces work.

CBO Reminder: Public Option Would Significantly Reduce Premiums and the Deficit

By: Friday November 15, 2013 7:02 am

The Congressional Budget Office this week put out their list of provisions that would reduce the deficit and one big one is a strong public option. The CBO found that a public option based on Medicare would reduce the deficit by $158 billion through reduced spending and increased revenue. The reason a public option would [...]