(Natural News) As monthly health care premiums and patient deductibles continue to spiral upward, leaving tens of millions of Americans without any practical health coverage to speak of, congressional cowards are using every excuse in the book to not repeal the law responsible for economically savaging scores of families and businesses.
One of the most popular excuses is the use of Congressional Budget Office (CBO) "projections," the latest of which claims that if Congress passes a GOP-sponsored measure that seeks to peel back, but not completely repeal, Obamacare, that 23 million fewer Americans will be insured over the next 10 years.
Already Democrats are poisoning the repeal well by claiming that Republicans are ogres who don't care about "the poor," "the elderly," and "the children" — all claims that are being dutifully parroted by the disgustingly dishonest "mainstream" media. And why wouldn't they oppose repeal? After all, the Democratic Party gave us the Obamacare debacle in the first place. (RELATED: Obamacare exchanges hit with over 50 percent fail rate; feds claim the worse the glitches, the bigger the success!)
But even some Republicans, including those who once shouted "Repeal and Replace!" from the rafters, are getting squishy about getting rid of the not-so-'Affordable' Care Act. And like Democrats, they are using the latest CBO projection as "proof" that they cannot, 'in good conscience,' vote for the current bill.
This is nothing but a political ruse.
First, and probably foremost, the donor class of both parties doesn't want Obamacare repealed, replaced, or touched in any way. As National Public Radio notes, several politically active organizations including many representing the medical community don't want the GOP-sponsored bill to pass. You might think that sounds goofy for the medical community's lobbyists to support a law that has been so disruptive of health care in America, but when the federal government controls hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of health care payments, then obviously hospitals and doctor's organizations are going to want a piece of that action.
But secondly, relying on the CBO's projections is a fool's errand; the government analysis agency has been wrong a lot more than it has been right when it comes to estimating the impact of Obamacare.
As noted by the Washington Examiner, the CBO was off by 12 million people in estimating how many Americans would eventually sign up under the law's health care exchanges — which provided even middle-income enrollees with taxpayer-subsidized monthly health insurance premiums, via a dramatic expansion of Medicaid.