WaPo: Nancy Pelosi’s $300,000,000,000 deception

posted at 1:30 pm on November 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The Washington Post editorial board finally catches up to the big three-card Monte that Nancy Pelosi conducted in passing her ObamaCare bill over week ago.  Last week, Byron York reported that Pelosi hid almost $300 billion in new health-care costs by burying the “doctor fix” in the debate rules for her Pelosi Plan.  Now the Post blasts Congress for its dishonesty,  and for mishandling the expensive addition that would make a mockery of the new deficit-hawk posing at the White House (via Conn Carroll):

HAVING PASSED a health reform bill that is, at least theoretically, paid for, the House of Representatives is poised this week to blow a quarter-trillion-dollar hole in the federal budget involving, you guessed it, health care. This is the so-called doc fix, to prevent scheduled cuts in Medicare reimbursements to physicians from taking effect. …

By the way, don’t be fooled by the incredible shrinking “cost” of the fix. The official Congressional Budget Office estimate used to be $245 billion over 10 years. Now it’s $210 billion. In fact, the real hit to the budget will be closer to $300 billion. The lower CBO numbers stem primarily from the administration’s move to change the rules about which physician payments are subject to the cuts. The administration proposed a regulation to exempt drugs administered in doctor’s offices, such as chemotherapy, from the spending ceiling. That has the effect of making the cost of the fix look smaller, but it doesn’t change the ultimate drain on the treasury: Medicare will end up paying out the same amount of money.

All of this is, to some degree, Medicare kabuki to placate the American Medical Association. The Senate doesn’t have the votes to pass a permanent fix without paying for it — though, of course, it also doesn’t have the votes actually to pay for it. So while the House might pass the unpaid-for fix, it will likely die there. The result will be another year-long, or possible two-year, patch slapped on this mess. Finding the money to pay for the fix and, more to the point, cobbling together the political coalition to support it, is difficult. Which is why Congress and the administration have joined hands in the pretense that the doc fix has nothing whatsoever to do with health reform.

The Post actually takes it easy on Pelosi.  The toughest they get is calling her sleight-of-hand a “deception” in the headline.  They could have gone further, as the Examiners’ Byron York did, in noting the particularly deceptive manner in which Pelosi pushed the spending through Congress.

However, at least the Post has finally reported it, albeit only on their editorial pages.  Has any other national media outlet put the doctor fix with the bill itself to challenge Democrats’ assertions of fiscal responsibility?  As it stands, the entirety of health-care legislation would blow a big hole in the deficit during the first ten years even as defined by Pelosi, let alone subsequent periods.  Did the media suddenly lose interest in the deficit?


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Shocked I tells ya, shocked that Frau Botox would Lie.

Juno77 on November 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM

future entry in Webster’s dictionary.

pelosi (pa-low-si) n. a compulsive lying b!tch

gsherin on November 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Did the media suddenly lose interest in the deficit?

Well, not “suddenly.” They lost interest around the end of January.

Slublog on November 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM

WaPo: welcome to the real world

cmsinaz on November 16, 2009 at 1:36 PM

There is no way ObamaCare will pass the Senate especially now that Odumbass has made it perfectly clear that abortion will be covered.

txag92 on November 16, 2009 at 1:38 PM

HAVING PASSED a health reform bill that is, at least theoretically, paid for,

Amazing that the WaPo can say such things with a straight face.

Juno77 on November 16, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Did the media suddenly lose interest in the deficit?

When every day is overwhelming with new insults to Americans and our constitution it is hard to stay focused.

fourdeucer on November 16, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Slublog on November 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM

I thought they lost interest when Obama got elected.

upinak on November 16, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Of course it is not real money. It is just Congress making appropriations. /

coldwarrior on November 16, 2009 at 1:39 PM

If Obama Care is Passed. I am going to my Doc and asking for meds and everything I may need.. and stocking up for a while.

upinak on November 16, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Did the media suddenly lose interest in the deficit?

What deficit spending? Those are capital improvement costs; fully deductible. Says so right here in the “Turbo Tax: Geithner Edition” manual.

BobMbx on November 16, 2009 at 1:40 PM

‘ancient chinese secret huh?’

cmsinaz on November 16, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Pelosi care has no chance of becoming law. It’s a waste of time to debate it.

AnninCA on November 16, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Pelosi care has no chance of becoming law. It’s a waste of time to debate it.
AnninCA on November 16, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Yes, but they are still pushing the same concept, to paraphrase David Farragut: Damn the Tea Parties, full speed ahead!

Chainsaw56 on November 16, 2009 at 1:45 PM

WaPo: welcome to the real world

cmsinaz on November 16, 2009 at 1:36 PM

This race is already run
Get off your horse
Get on this train
Welcome to the real world
I said, Welcome to the real world
Are we rushing like the wind
Naked out and naked in
Welcome to the free world
I said, Welcome to the me world
Are we rushing like the wind

-Tears for Fears

Count to 10 on November 16, 2009 at 1:46 PM

$300 Billion is almost as big as the entire deficit during the worst of the Bush years.

MarkTheGreat on November 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM

-Tears for Fears

Count to 10 on November 16, 2009 at 1:46 PM

excellent

cmsinaz on November 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM

If the treasury prints 300,000,000,001 new dollars, then the problem is solved AND there would be a surplus. Simple.

Bishop on November 16, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Fear not about the sky-high deficit and unemployment, Comrades.

Productivity is up, up up! Our future’s so bright, the state will be issuing shades.

LibTired on November 16, 2009 at 1:51 PM

WAPO you really think she would of kept that out. I mean comeon your not that stupid are you!

Brat4life on November 16, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Pelosi care has no chance of becoming law. It’s a waste of time to debate it.
AnninCA on November 16, 2009 at 1:42 PM
Yes, but they are still pushing the same concept, to paraphrase David Farragut: Damn the Tea Parties, full speed ahead!

Chainsaw56 on November 16, 2009 at 1:45 PM

The stupidity of the ‘ unwashed masses’ is clearly illustrated here.
There are so many suckers who are fooled by the lipstick on the pig.
It’s a cow they say, & yet, it is still a pig.
*SIGH*
Chainsaw-they will never get it.

Badger40 on November 16, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Yeah, but it’s not deception-deception, so it’s all hunky-dunky…..

Gauleiter Pelosi, you lie!

dmh0667 on November 16, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Cloward-Pivens here we come!

Harry Schell on November 16, 2009 at 1:55 PM

If the treasury prints 300,000,000,001 new dollars, then the problem is solved AND there would be a surplus. Simple.

Bishop on November 16, 2009 at 1:48 PM

LMAO!

Badger40 on November 16, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Seriously, debating Pelosi care is like raking over old coals.

It’s history. It’s over. It aint’ gonna happen.

Let’s move on to something relevant.

AnninCA on November 16, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Did the media suddenly lose interest in the deficit?

Not at all, it’s just that they can’t blame it on Republicans right now, so it’s a non-starter. Nothing to see here, move on.

GarandFan on November 16, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Sorry to go OT, but I have to ask.

Chicago School Board President Michael Scott had a gunshot wound to the left temple when authorities found his body in the Chicago River near the Merchandise Mart early this morning, sources said.

Exit question: Was Scott left handed?

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/11/16/chicago-developerolympics-bid-pusher-found-dead/

Angry Dumbo on November 16, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Yes, but they are still pushing the same concept, to paraphrase David Farragut: Damn the Tea Parties, full speed ahead!
Chainsaw56 on November 16, 2009 at 1:45 PM

The stupidity of the ‘ unwashed masses’ is clearly illustrated here.
There are so many suckers who are fooled by the lipstick on the pig.
It’s a cow they say, & yet, it is still a pig.
*SIGH*
Chainsaw-they will never get it.
Badger40 on November 16, 2009 at 1:54 PM

I’m afraid that we’re doomed if they don’t get it.

I don’t see why people cannot learn from history – any type of Redistribution scheme i.e. Statism or Socialism has never worked.

It is only after it has destroyed a society that a new birth of freedom occurs, but only at great cost in suffering and human lives.

Why do we have to keep repeating this same lesson from history?

Chainsaw56 on November 16, 2009 at 2:11 PM

AninCA, remember that all of this is allowed under the “Good Intentions” clause of the Constitution. I know the Supremes can find it there somewhere.

solidaction on November 16, 2009 at 2:13 PM

The fix is going to be much more. Since the bill essentially outlaws private insurance, and considering that health care is a $2.5 Trillion business per year, or $25 trillion plus over 10 years, the governments estimate of a government run system is orders of magnitude off. This will be one of the biggest disasters ever.

Even today Medicare costs alone are greater than $420 billion per year or $4.2 trillion plus over 10 years.

Dasher on November 16, 2009 at 2:17 PM

AninCA, remember that all of this is allowed under the “Good Intentions” clause of the Constitution. I know the Supremes can find it there somewhere.

solidaction on November 16, 2009 at 2:13 PM

.
100+

Dasher on November 16, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Par for the course for San Fran Nan.

Yakko77 on November 16, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Whatever. I think this blog is way off course today.

The real story is Palin.

I think that avoiding that is pretty much telling the story here.

Just my 2 cents.

When I have to go to a liberal blog to talk about what I’m really intereted in talking about?

Something is askew.

AnninCA on November 16, 2009 at 2:26 PM

“Did the media suddenly lose interest in the deficit?”

Well, uh, the media geniuses all expect to have high-paid commissar-style lifetime sinecures once they are formally “transformed” into Pravda, don’t they?

The deficit won’t touch them. That’s for the little people to worry about.

notagool on November 16, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Well at least it’s not 3,000,000,000,000.00. I mean then it might be getting out of hand.
/s

nolapol on November 16, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Loved the sign at the Stout Street Clinic Town Hall in Denver last summer. Picture of Pelosi (in the Obama HOPE mode) with the underline “Pants on Fire.” More appropriate now than it was then. That was so infuriating to the ACORN supporters that they tried to steal the sign.

Christian Conservative on November 16, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Does anyone know of any witches for hire that can cast spells. There is a huge need for one in this country.

bluegrass on November 16, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Does anyone know of any witches for hire that can cast spells. There is a huge need for one in this country.

bluegrass on November 16, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Ummm, isn’t that what got Pelosi in Congress in the first place?

(Guess they forgot to specify “good witch” or “bad witch”…)

coldwarrior on November 16, 2009 at 3:17 PM

And this country needs that old bag like a fish needs a bicycle.

search4truth on November 16, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Last night Madame Speaker Liar was on C-SPan speaking lying at some college forum.
She is a big hand-talker; gesturing madly all over the place. When she said “social justice” she had her little fist balled up — I interpret that body language as rellay getting revenge on the middle class.

kooly on November 16, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Of course it is not real money. It is just Congress making appropriations. /

coldwarrior on November 16, 2009 at 1:39 PM

And if they come up short, Barry Obama can just reach into his “stash” and make up the difference.

AZCoyote on November 16, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Why do we have to keep repeating this same lesson from history?

Chainsaw56 on November 16, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Because we allowed Liberals to take over our education system.

People can’t learn from history when they never learned any actual history to begin with.

AZCoyote on November 16, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Whatever. I think this blog is way off course today.

The real story is Palin.

I think that avoiding that is pretty much telling the story here.

Just my 2 cents.

When I have to go to a liberal blog to talk about what I’m really intereted in talking about?

Something is askew.

AnninCA on November 16, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Maybe what’s askew is you. Occam’s razor.

tom on November 16, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Not exactly OT –
Was is just me, or did Neil Cavuto look like he was about to throw up while listening to that D-PA senator spin health care ‘facts’ on his show?
“If we pass this bill, it might be the end of the two party system, because Americans will realize that we are the only party that is looking out for them.” Or something.
I need a drink.

shibumiglass on November 16, 2009 at 4:19 PM

This makes the Washington Post the recipient of the Captain Renault Award for realizing the obvious.

Ironwood297 on November 16, 2009 at 4:20 PM

When I have to go to a liberal blog to talk about what I’m really intereted in talking about?
Something is askew.

AnninCA on November 16, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Very Telling!!!

PappaMac on November 16, 2009 at 4:25 PM

http://www.veteranoutrage.com

Im sorry theres a word for this kind of behaviour
Its a word that completely encapsulates all
of the democrats and liberals behaviour

Its called
LYING THROUGH YOUR GOD DAMNED TEETH.

veteranoutrage on November 16, 2009 at 5:20 PM

yeah, it Madame Pelosi’s Christmas present alright …

a lump of coal in every American’s stocking!

“Hey, we’ve gotta do something with all that coal that we’re no longer going to use for power generation. We’ll call ‘em “jobs saved” in the coal mining industry!”

dissent555 on November 16, 2009 at 10:12 PM