Repealing Obamacare will increase deficit? Please

FROM the congressional chutzpah department: Democrats say Republicans will balloon the deficit by repealing the new trillion-dollar federal health care program.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: January 13, 2011 at 5:49 am •  Published: January 13, 2011
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Ryan's tie is safe. The Republican House is headed for a successful vote to repeal Obamacare. And even if Democrats block repeal in the Senate or if President Obama vetoes it, no program this unpopular figures to last long.

Even if Obamacare somehow survived, all the costs “hidden” by Democrats to gain a favorable analysis from CBO eventually will surface. They simply must.

Medicare providers will have to be fairly paid or they'll abandon those patients. Benefits under long-term care insurance will be claimed. Projected revenues from a tax on high-end health care, the kind some unions offer their members, are unlikely to be realized because the unions won't stand for it.

Democrats' attempts to tar Republicans as budget busters for trying to repeal this behemoth are silly, disingenuous. But then, Obamacare rumbled through Congress, over bipartisan opposition, with considerable help from sleight-of-hand.

If taxpayers get the feeling they have to parse every word that comes from Obamacare's defenders, they're right.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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