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Another way the CBO score helps the Democrats

It moves the story from process to substance. How Congress will vote is not a good story for the Democrats. What they will be voting on is rather better, and they're much more comfortable talking about it.

By Ezra Klein  |  March 18, 2010; 9:38 AM ET
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The double counting of the Medicare "assets" and the doctor fix alone make the budget analysis a sham. Moreover, the $500 billion in increased taxes "pay" for health insurance by making it more expensive.

Posted by: nexialist | March 18, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

While something of a buzzkill, I'll keep bringing up the fact that there is (a) the Senate bill [which has yet to be passed by the House through some mechanism] and (b) the "sidecar" which must be considered separately and, if passed by the house, must meet additional criteria to pass the Senate. Those who are talking about a single bill aren't telling the whole story.

The real news is that the Senate bill (long ago evaluated by CBO) might pass the House: regardless of what happens to the sidecar, the primary bill (the one that won't be voted on directly) seems newsworthy. The whole bait-and-switch strategy really does cloud the issue.

Posted by: rmgregory | March 18, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

They are comfortable talking about the magnitude of the tax increases? That's a bigger number than the cost of the bill and will be on a lot of charts in commercials this fall.

Posted by: staticvars | March 18, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse


Lawrence O'Donnell admitted this was the biggest tax increase in history.

Posted by: visionbrkr | March 18, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Erza, Please start posting a disclaimer on your articles. "I am an Obama shill. While this may appear to be news, it is not. This article has been bought and paid for by Obama and the Democratic Party."

When will the WP be filing for bankruptcy? The sooner more of these liberal rags that have duped the American public with the lack of coverage or vetting of Obama before the primary to the present day is disgusting.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | March 18, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Ezra Of course you don't care about process because you don't believe in the rules that our Founding Fathers put in place so a bill this enormous would not get slid through. Ezra you are a young man and can't see down the road far enough. By the time you are my age, you just might be living in a Socialist society. Now if you are for the Government being in every aspect of your life, you have no problem with process. I enjoy freedom. I hope you wake up and really understand about control before it's too late.

Posted by: simmonsga | March 18, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

And this wise, insightful, fully-informed commentary comes to you from..wait for it....a 25-year-old with a poly sci degree.

Ezra, how many businesses do you own and how many people do you employ? Maybe it would be better to ask if you have ever had to meet a payroll? Do you still live with mommy? Is she doing your laundry and making your lunch? Have you ever been to the doctor for anything other than a penicillin shot?

WaPo, what is this nonsense? This drivel is a perfect example of why I stopped subscribing to your newspaper. My suggestion is you close & lock the doors because if printing a 25-year-old's pathetic, mis-informed ramblings on domestic economic policy is the best you can come up with, then reporting news is no longer one of your strong points and you need to get into another business.

Posted by: flintston | March 18, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Great piece. Analytical, insightful and useful.

Thanks Ezra. Remember that age doesn't always make you smarter, but it can make you bitter. See previous comments as examples.

Posted by: WashingtonAve | March 18, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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