The following is an excerpt from Jordan Weissmann | June 27, 2017 | Slate.com |
On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the Senate's Obamacare repeal legislation would leave 22 million Americans uninsured within a decade. Most people in Washington, both Democrats and Republicans, seem to have accepted that this forecast is, in fact, not flattering to the bill (which is one reason why a vote on the thing has been postponed). But a few stalwart conservatives have tried to frame it as a positive. Most notable among them: House Speaker Paul Ryan, who spent an interview on Fox & Friends trying to spin the CBO's estimate like a dreidel.
"What they're basically saying at the Congressional Budget Office is that, if you're not going to force people to buy Obamacare, if you're not going to force people to buy something they don't want, then they won't buy it,” said our nation's foremost P90X enthusiast. "It's not that people are getting pushed off a plan. It's that people will choose not to buy something that they don't like or want."
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