Since I’m linking to the good words of others this morning, here’s my Ethics and Public Policy Center colleague (and National Affairs editor) Yuval Levin’s excellent analysis on the CBO score — and specifically, his thoughts on the claim to fiscal restraint the Democrats are trying now.
In the words of Yuval:
The greatest of all the many painful ironies in the health-care debate of the past year may be that the Democrats’ closing “argument” is to claim the mantle of fiscal responsibility. Their leaders are doing their best to twist yesterday’s CBO score of their reconciliation bill to suggest that their plan will not only solve America’s health-care financing problem but reduce the deficit too.
It will do neither, and will make both problems worse.
His explanation as to why this is true is very much worth reading.