Ex-CBO Head: Voting With No Obamacare Repeal Score ‘Terrible Mistake’


The former director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says in a new interview that it’s a “terrible mistake” for lawmakers to vote on revised legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare without a CBO analysis.

“At least if they waited for the estimate, they could make further changes to the bill that might respond to concerns,” added Elmendorf, who helmed the CBO under former President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2015.

“To go ahead with a vote before you know the effects of what you’re voting for is a terrible mistake.” Elmendorf added that it is “absurd that Congress would vote on a bill of this importance without having a CBO estimate.”

His remarks came before the House on Thursday holds a high-stakes vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) without an updated CBO analysis. Read more at The Hill.



  1. Because the CBO has such a good record of predicting the actual costs of legislation. Not.
    They are far better at explaining why they are wrong, so often.

    In truth, based on results, either their job is impossible, or they are not truly nonpartisan, or they
    are incompetent.


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