During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director, explained why he thinks the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) review of President Trump’s ObamaCare replacement bill will be inaccurate.
Stephanopoulos asked Mulvaney about independent analyses of President Trump’s ObamaCare replacement bill, which estimate that as many as 15 million Americans could lose their coverage.
“Talk about the coverage levels. The number of people covered. We continue to think, and have for a long time, that the CBO is scoring the wrong thing. They’re scoring Obamacare as it exists today. Not tomorrow. Obamacare is this close from completely collapsing,” Mulvaney pointed out.
Mulvaney went on to say that he believes the CBO is failing to take into account what happens when there are no insurance providers in a state, which could happen as soon as next year if something isn’t done.
Stephanopoulos then asked Mulvaney that, if the CBO report found that if Trump’s plan would cover fewer people and that costs would go up, the Trump administration will simply reject the report.
“Actually I don’t think the costs will go up at all. In order for this bill to be reconcilable in the House, as you know, and we’re getting deep down into the rule of the Senate now and apologize for doing that. But in order for this bill to pass on budget reconciliation, it has to reduce the debt and thus save money,” Mulvaney responded.
Mulvaney went on to say, “if the CBO was right about Obamacare to begin with, there would be eight million more people on Obamacare today than there actually are. So I love the folks at the CBO. They work really hard, they do. But sometimes we ask them to do stuff that they’re not capable of doing, and estimating the impact of a bill this size probably isn’t the best use of their time.”
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