Would you want to work for a boss who trashed your work in public?
So spare a thought today to the non-partisan analysts at the Congressional Budget Office, who are expected to issue a projection of how much the House GOP's health care reform reform (can I call it that?) will cost, and how many people it will cover. And even before they do, the bill's biggest backers have been out there preemptively dismissing the CBO's work, all in the name of damage control.
U.S. Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, was one of several Republican Congressional l…
Just about every expert who has looked at the bill so far contradicts its sponsors' sunny take on both cost and effectiveness in providing affordable access to insurance. But the CBO score is the one that really matters, because it is officially tasked with providing budget and economic information to Congress. Moreover, the office's current leader was installed with the support of Tom Price, the former congressman and new Health and Human Services secretary who's pushing the Affordable Care Act repeal/replace bill on behalf of the Trump administration.
Among those making the loudest case against the CBO's expected news is U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Republican whip and thus the man in charge of cobbling together a majority for a bill that's been maligned from both the left and the right. Scalise said during a rushed committee process last week that Republicans had no intention of waiting around for "unelected bureaucrats" to weigh in before dismantling former President Barack Obama's signature law.
Not long ago, an interesting chart came across one of my news feeds. The headline asked: “Wh…
This isn't exactly an original argument. "Unelected bureaucrats" are common rhetorical bogeymen among anti-government conservatives. Former Gov. Bobby Jindal used to invoke the line regularly, even though his own mother was a career state government employee.
But it's worth remembering on days like this that, while they sometimes miss the mark in projecting the impact of complex legislation, these unelected employees are tasked with giving the best information they can to members of Congress. And also that these members of Congress are perfectly happy to embrace the CBO's results when it suits their own needs.