Jim Geraghty has dug through the quotes by Democratic Congressmen who justified their vote for Obamacare based on the idea it was going to reduce the deficit.
Of course, HHS just came out with their verdict; Obamacare adds to the deficit despite what the president promised.
Where does that leave several particularly vulnerable House Dems? Imagine these words flashed across the TV screen during a campaign commercial for their GOP opponent:
Endangered House Democrat Baron Hill justified his vote for the health-care bill by declaring:
This reform version covers more uninsured Americans than the respective House and Senate bills, while also reducing the deficit more effectively. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the revised bill reduces the deficit by one hundred and thirty eight billion dollars during the first ten years of the program, and reduces the deficit by more than one trillion dollars in the second ten years, effectively making it the biggest deficit reduction legislation since 1993.
Endangered House Democrat John Boccieri justified his vote for the health-care bill by declaring:
This bill may not be perfect but it strikes the proper balance of reducing costs, increasing consumer choices and lowering the staggering deficit from runaway health care spending.
Endangered House Democrat . . . eh, you're catching the drift.
Charlie Wilson of Ohio:
I have seen the CBO score and the reconciliation changes for myself. This bill will not add a dime to the deficit.
Suzanne Kosmas of Florida:
The bill before us now represents the single largest deficit reduction in over a decade, saving nearly $140 billion in the first 10 years and over $1.2 trillion in the decade to follow. This legislation provides truly fiscally responsible reform, and it contains the strongest measures ever enacted to help eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in the system, to rein in skyrocketing health care costs, and to stabilize Medicare while preserving benefits.
Their responses should be fascinating.
Hat Tip: Ed Lasky