Spicer on Healthcare Bill: ‘If You’re Looking to the CBO for Accuracy, You’re Looking in the Wrong Place’
At today’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was confronted by reporters over the recently proposed Obamacare replacement bill by House Republicans — a plan President Donald Trump has endorsed — and the fact that it hasn’t yet been scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
In response to reporter April Ryan highlighting that Spicer had compared the GOP bill to Obamacare yesterday but that the new proposal hasn’t yet been reviewed by the CBO, the press sec pointed out that it is “being scored” while knocking Democrats.
“With all due respect, this is the same group who passed it and then told us we could read it,” he noted.
Spicer then essentially questioned the legitimacy of the CBO, stating that they were “way off the last time,” referring to their CBO review. When Ryan asked if cost matters, Spicer countered that it does but “if you’re looking to the CBO for accuracy, you’re looking in the wrong place.”
A few minutes later, another reporter — NPR’s Mara Liasson — pushed Spicer to answer for calling “into question their authority,” referring to the CBO.
“I didn’t call into question their authority, just so we’re clear” Spicer said. “Their record is what I’m calling into question. When you look at the number of people and the cost on what they scored the last Obamacare bill — it’s way off. That’s not — that’s a fact.”
Liasson asked Spicer if there was any organization they’d trust to score the bill, with the press secretary responding that the Office of Management and Budget will put out its own score.
Meanwhile, Senate Democrats noted that current HHS Secretary Tom Price helped select the CBO director.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 8, 2017
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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