Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

White House attacks CBO health care inaccuracy, misspells 'inaccurately'

White House attacks CBO health care inaccuracy, misspells 'inaccurately'

The White House faced huge embarrassment as the administration posted a video misspelling "inaccurately" when the video was an attack on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for being inaccurate.

Congress ultimately gets to approve a budget for Trump's signature, which means numerous White House's priorities may not end up in the final budget.

In short, the CBO wasn't flat-out wrong in its Obamacare prediction; there are simply factors at play that the agency can't predict. The White House responded by criticizing the accuracy of the CBO, saying that it "innaccurately [sic] estimated" that 25 million Americans would be covered by Obamacare. "Off by over 14 million".

The video echoes a talking point White House officials have used for months.

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In this graphic, the President's budget assumes a deficit of $603 billion in the current fiscal year - the CBO estimate is $693 billion.

It wasn't. FactCheck.org concluded that despite overestimating the number of people who who get subsidized insurance through ACA exchanges and underestimating the number who would gain coverage through the law's Medicaid expansion, the CBO "actually nailed the overall impact of the law on the uninsured pretty closely".

According to the CBO's estimates, the deficit would fall from the $693 billion projected for 2017 to $593 billion in 2018 under the president's proposals, but after that, it would generally rise.

When Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney projected a balanced budget in 10 years, many skeptics raised concerns about the underlying calculations. The White House had asserted its plan would cut the debt-to-GDP ratio to 60%.

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