Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius Admits Obamacare Double Counting
“There is an issue here on the budget because your own actuary has said you can’t double-count,”said Shimkus. “You can’t count — they’re attacking Medicare on the CR when their bill, your law, cut $500 billion from Medicare.”
He continued: “Then you’re also using the same $500 billion to what? Say your funding health care. Your own actuary says you can’t do both. […] What’s the $500 billion in cuts for? Preserving Medicare or funding the health-care law?
Sebelius’ reply? “Both.”
And the truth shall set you free … and inform the American public
Obamacare was a sham from the very beginning and now we are learning the lies that this law was passed on by those who refused to read the bill and misrepresent the fact.
UPDATE I: The backlash of Sebelius’ “double counting” comment … didn’t President Obama say this was not going on?
The idea of complaining about a double count is not new to the White House. In March 2010, “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier specifically questioned Obama about the issue.
Obama at the time made it clear – there was no robbing Peter to pay Paul in the health care legislation.
“You can’t say that you are saving on Medicare, and then spend the money twice,” Obama said.“What you can say is that we are going to take the savings, put them back to make sure that seniors are getting help on the prescription drug bill instead of that money going to, for example, insurance reform.”
The White House has faced intense scrutiny about the cost of the bill, as tabulated by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) since the legislation was first introduced. Republicans have long criticized the revenue versus the costs of the bill, noting that the bill collects revenue for four years before the program is actually implemented. Which, according to Republicans means that in a 10-year budget window, there’s only six years of costs coming in – giving a skewed picture of the cost of the bill over the 10-year window, though Democrats point to figures that still show savings over longer time periods.