Following an unflattering score to the GOP’s health care overhaul by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Republican lawmakers are questioning the nonpartisan research agency’s role, stopping short of accusing it of being biased because it was for President Obama’s signature healthcare bill.
Trump’s Budget Director Questions Agency’s Integrity
But earlier this week, Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney accused the head of the CBO’s Budget Analysis Division, Holly Harvey, of being partisan.
At some point, you’ve got to ask yourself, has the day of the CBO come and gone?
the White House budget chief said in an interview Wednesday.
Mulvaney was displeased over the power given to the agency under the 1974 Budget Act, and the fact that Harvey is “an alum of the Hillarycare program,” which was nominated by the Democrats to score Obamacare. Harvey indeed served under the Clinton administration before joining the CBO in 2009.
Mulvaney thinks the agency’s assessment of the impact of Medicaid cuts is “just absurd,” suggesting that the report was biased to put in a positive light Obamacare’s mandate, which Trump care would kill.
CBO’s Report Probably ‘Biased’
Mulvaney told reporters that if the same people who did the score for Obamacare are now doing the score for Trump care, “there is probably some sort of bias” that promotes the mandate.
According to the CBO’s report, the GOP healthcare overhaul also known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) or Trump care would force 23 million Americans out of health insurance over the next ten years. The new bill would also spare the wealthy $664 billion in taxes while saving the federal budget $119 billion.
The CBO also found that the cost of healthcare for the elderly and people living with pre-existing conditions would skyrocket under the new bill.
Because Facts matter, you know.