ObamaCare to Add $340B to Deficit: Study
But White House shrugs off GOP analysis as 'new math'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 10, 2012 7:41 AM CDT
Public Trustee Charles Blahous speaks during a news briefing May 13, 2011 at the Treasury Department in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Affordable Care Act isn't going to reduce the deficit as the Congressional Budget Office claims; it's going to expand it by more than $340 billion, according to a new study by Charles Balhous, the GOP trustee for Medicare. Balhous argues that traditional budget math "double counts" $575 billion in Medicare savings, using it to both reinforce the Medicare trust fund and offset an expansion of Medicaid and insurance subsidies, the Washington Post explains.

The White House dismissed Balhous' analysis, saying it departed from accounting rules used for four decades to measure budget impact. "Opponents of reform are using 'new math,'" one official said. But the CBO and Medicare actuaries have acknowledged the double-counting issue as legitimate. "This isn't just a persnickety point," Balhous argues. "If Medicare were going insolvent in 2016, you'd better believe right now there would be more pressure on lawmakers to do something."

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carbonated_turtle
Apr 10, 2012 5:48 PM CDT
Fix all of our problems, Obama! Wait!!!!!! You can't spend a penny doing it!
chezwhat
Apr 10, 2012 11:13 AM CDT
Koch bros. horseshit. I challenge any gop sheeple to do the research. And, it's Blahous, not Balhous. Sheez.
Buckshot
Apr 10, 2012 10:59 AM CDT
Oh yeah your nubers are better than the congressional budget office BWHAhahahahaha, what a crock of bull shit, we'll see you next week with a "pants on fire" rating on Politifacts jackass.