Because they willingly ignored warnings that they were selling public policy based on phony numbers:
After pointing out the cost estimate increase, the CBO report admits that it still doesn't know what this monstrosity (my term) will cost:
Congressional Budget Office estimates released Tuesday predict the health care overhaul will likely cost about $115 billion more in discretionary spending over ten years than the original cost projections.
The additional spending — if approved over the years by Congress — would bring the total estimated cost of the overhaul to over $1 trillion.
Republicans pounced on the news, which they called another sign that the Obama administration makes promises it cannot deliver.
Potential discretionary costs under PPACA arise from the effects of the legislation on a variety of federal programs and agencies. The law establishes a number of new programs and activities, as well as authorizing new funding for existing programs. By their nature, however, all such potential effects on discretionary spending are subject to future appropriation actions, which could result in greater or smaller costs than the sums authorized by the legislation. Moreover, in many cases, the law authorizes future appropriations but does not specify a particular amount.It's bad enough seeing how legislative sausage was made, but using rancid and putrid numerical meat should be a career ender, because they were warned:
- CBO Credibility The First Victim Of Obamacare
- The Numbers Were A Lie All Along
- The Truth Still Matters, Even The Night Before
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