Conservative Media Completely Ignores CBO Report Showing ACA to Cost LESS Than Expected

obamacare-costsSometimes I run across such ridiculousness from the conservative media that I should be outraged, but all I can do is laugh.  That’s exactly what happened when I saw the news that the CBO came out with a report which actually showed the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) will cost less than previous estimates.

Nothing much else changed about their future estimates.  They still show deficits decreasing in the short term with a possibility of increasing around 2017 if  spending isn’t reigned in and revenue isn’t increased.  Nothing that they haven’t reported before.

The news in this report was that Obamacare is actually costing less than they had previously thought.

But that’s not what you saw if you went to or The Heritage Foundation’s website.  What they did was completely ignore the fact that the CBO lowered the cost estimates of Obamacare.  Instead, they pushed the “story” that has been known for years now that the CBO is projecting deficit increases for a few years starting in 2017.

By the way, the CBO estimates that deficits will increase not only because we need to make more spending cuts, but with the assumption that Republicans will refuse to raise taxes.  Another fact that these conservative sites always fail to mention.

The headline over at The Heritage Foundation read, “CBO Report Estimates 2014 Deficit at Half a Trillion Dollars: Why The Real Deficit Number is Actually Higher.”  Over at the headline was, “CBO ISSUES DIRE DEBT WARNING OF ‘FISCAL CRISIS” (yes, in all caps).

Again, neither of these conservative sites mention even once that the estimates for the Affordable Care Act were revised lower.

Fox News actually did cover the report though they downplayed the significance, titling their piece, “CBO Slightly Lowers U.S. Deficit Estimates As Health Subsidies Fall.”  If you read the article, it’s essentially one paragraph that mentions (though downplays) the lowered cost estimates while spending the rest of the time doing its best to paint a negative picture of Obamacare.

While none of this is surprising, it just made me laugh at how this report essentially reported the same stuff it has before, with the key new part being a lowering of estimates for the costs of Obamacare, and these conservative sites went out of their way to report on anything and everything but that.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Eddie Krebbs

    If I were a betting man, I’d say they’re pouring through the report even as we speak. Looking for one phrase which can be lifted out of context to show that the ACA was a failure that bankrupts the USA, establishes death panels, and locates Obama’s birth certificate in Kenya.

    Even if a thick report has one phrase that states that a single person has died while under treatment provided by Obamacare.

    • Bine646

      Its a billion less pal, still gonna cost 1 trillion instead of 1.1- wooowwww a whole 8%. Did you also see in the CBO where it says the silver plans premium will double in the same time- thats wonderful.

      Real weekly wages have increased 0.2% in the last 6 yrs while debt held by the publics increased 100% n federal debt 65%. The middle class is about to feel the pain

      • Stephen Barlow

        and how long did it take you plan premium to double the last time?

        LOVE the color of YOUR hypocrisy!!

      • Bine646

        huh? I have had mvp until my recent move n new employment- now i have aetna? Anything else clown?

      • Stephen Barlow

        Employer provided, and how much were you paying for healthcare in 2000?

        And today you are paying how much?

        And you read which RED blogs that tell you premiums are doubling within a year, even though the PPACA prohibits price gouging.

        BEtter a clown than a hot air balloon filling buffoon.

      • Bine646

        Virginia the plan was 380, colorado its 694 a month- the blog i read was the latest CBO report- you read it?

      • Stephen Barlow

        I am sure that blog gave you ever relevant fact…
        for the point they were trying to sell.

        You actually read the report?

      • Bine646

        On another note, going to Gunnison this summer for work- whats the best hiking trails? Restaurants? Other things to do?

      • Stephen Barlow

        Crested Butte has a dirt road that leads north out of town, a couple ghost towns and a Government Research center. West through Keebler Pass ~MAYBE after 4th of July~ is a whole open range of wilderness.

        Best fishing in the US is in the Gunnison River. I pulled a 14# trout out of…

        Wait, did you call Me a clown?