Thursday, March 15th, 2012 @ 6:08 pm | Politics

Republicans thought they had a big scoop, declaring based on some CBO cherry-picking that the ACA had doubled in cost.

Whoops, no. It’s actually going to save us $50 billion more than we thought.

These are people who’ve decided their taxes went up under Obama. It is *always* an alternate reality with them. They only stop saying things when they think people won’t buy it anymore. Question: Why does anybody buy anything the GOP is selling anymore?


8 Responses to “*sigh*”

  1. AJKamper Says:

    You see, the way I read Ezra’s post (and I read his stuff religiously) was that the reason why the bottom line was $50B better than expected was because the ACA was going to raise an extra $100B in taxes that it didn’t immediately calculate.

    I think you’ll have to forgive Republicans for not jumping up and down with joy at this news. I think Ezra overlooked the point of their critique–not that it would cost the government more, but that providing these services costs us all more over the long run than originally projected.

  2. AJKamper Says:

    Revision: Ransom’s comment is stupid. But the fact that costs are higher than projected is still a problem of sorts.

  3. Henry Whistler Says:

    Some costs rose, some dipped. Overall, I’d say they’re understandable fluctuations as reality intervenes with projections. As long as the net looks good, it’s hard to take issue. Especially when considering the tens of millions of people who will gain insurance through this.

    Republicans won’t jump up and down with joy because President Obama is behind it and along with Democrats gets the credit for its successes. It runs no deeper than that, and that can’t be repeated enough. As you know, the ACA was a hybrid compromise between Republican and Democrat visions for health care reform already, built on Republican counter-proposals to “Hillarycare,” refined by the Heritage think-tank, and implemented already by Mitt Romney in Massachusetts.

    Their policy complaints barely rise above meriting consideration. They’re going to try complaining no matter what.

  4. Anon Says:

    When are you guys going to grow up?

  5. Henry Whistler Says:

    Well, that settles everything then.

  6. Anon Says:

    The ACA will have a net cost of just under $1.1 trillion, *saving* the U.S. taxpayer $50 billion more than first thought.

    That’s laughable and so is the cluelessness of iowaliberal.com.

    We’re still pointlessly spending $1.1 trillion we don’t have.

    That’s like the wife saying, “Honey, I just bought this gadget we really don’t need, it was 40% off!”

    It doesn’t matter if it was on sale, she spent money that shouldn’t have been spent.

  7. Henry Whistler Says:

    So universal health care is pointless.

    Well, that settles everything then.

  8. Henry Whistler Says:

    Btw, health care costs doubled during the Bush years. Why did that happen? What did that get us?

    There are some seed programs in the ACA that could dramatically revamp health care costs. I assume you support those.