Sahil Kapur reports at Talking Points Memo about Sen. Orrin Hatch’s absurdly dishonest and incoherent position on the CBO’s report on Obamacare and the economy. First, he repeated the lie that the report says that Obamacare would destroy two million jobs:
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) touted CBO for the convenient finding, and then quickly dismissed and mocked CBO for the inconvenient finding.
“Today CBO delivered terrible news to the millions of Americans looking for work. Obamacare, the President’s signature domestic policy achievement, will lead to more than 2 million fewer jobs and hurt much-needed economic growth,” Hatch said in a statement, referring to the CBO statistic that upwards of 2 million Americans would leave the full-time labor force over 10 years as Obamacare makes health coverage more accessible to them without their employer.
In fact, the report says that two million people will be able to quit jobs they don’t want but keep because they need insurance. That will open up jobs for other people, reducing unemployment. But then when he was asked about that same CBO report saying that the risk corridors in the ACA will reduce the deficit, suddenly the CBO is totally unreliable:
Then, within seconds, Hatch turned around and attacked CBO when asked about another finding in the same report that Obamacare’s risk corridors — the provision Republicans bash as a “bailout” — would actually save the government money.
“First of all, I don’t believe that,” the senator said, with a laugh. “I mean, that may be something they can conjure up in mathematics but I don’t believe so. These are the guys who tried to use pension smoothing to pay for unemployment insurance for three months,” he said, referring to a near-term budget savings options that has been criticized as a gimmick.
“I mean, come on, give me a break,” Hatch said.
So when he’s lying about what the CBO concluded, that’s totally reliable. What the report actually said, however, is completely unreliable and wrong.