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Friday Opinion

Jul. 28, 2017

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Opinion in Brief

David Harsanyi: “When Republicans bother to defend Obamacare repeal bills, they are pretty explicit in explaining that Medicaid ‘cuts’ are merely a slowing of spending growth. But Obama repeatedly stated — probably hundreds of times over a two-year span — that the bill would ‘reduce’ the cost of premiums by $2,500 per family. I can’t find a single instance anywhere of Obama, or anyone else selling the legislation, offering a nuanced context for this claim. … You’d think someone would have written a comprehensive fact-check of the Democrats’ lie that 24 million people will ‘lose’ their health insurance due to repeal bills. Who knows? Maybe fact-checkers will get around to pointing out that the Congressional Budget Office believes 14 million of the 24 million are people who will choose not to buy it in 2018 in the absence of a penalty. No doubt, fact-checkers will point out that around six million or more of those 24 million are people the CBO just assumes would have left Obamacare markets anyway. You know, baselines and all. It is true that Obamacare repeal legislation — whatever the specifics happen to be — is going to be unpopular. Why wouldn’t it be? There isn’t a single Republican lawmaker out there effectively slapping down these misleading claims. Voters will be. Republicans certainly can’t rely on fact-checkers.”

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