CBO: House GOP Obamacare repeal saves $3 billion by killing people early

Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler discovered an interesting tidbit buried in the Congressional Budget Office analysis of the earlier House GOP Obamacare repeal bill, that isn’t that much different from this one.

According to CBO, House Republicans will save $3 billion in Social Security payments because more people will be dead after the bill passes:

The passage reads, on page 33 of the CBO analysis:

“CBO also estimates that outlays for Social Security benefits would decrease by about $3 billion over the 2017-2026 period.”

That appears to suggest that people will die because of this legislation, and the government thus won’t have to pay them Social Security. Woo woo!

Talk about your death panels.

No wonder the Republicans exempted themselves from the repeal.

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  • ComradeRutherford

    “CBO: House GOP Obamacare repeal saves $3 billion by killing people early”

    So, it’s a more subtle version of the GOP’s beloved Nazi’s Final Solution.

  • sonoitabear
  • Neill

    Yes that’s right. The CBO put a value on people not retiring so early because of generous subsidies. Dems can’t claim now it’s deaths when before they claimed it was a good thing defeating job lock.
    Making a claim about 2018 and how many people would die doesn’t make sense since the bill doesn’t change Obamacare then. It’s delayed a few years. Health insurance is different from healthcare. Anyone can pay money to get care. In fact for expected stuff like checkups etc it makes sense to avoid insurance since they add extra costs. Many of the expected increase in uninsured numbers will be people who would have gone that way under Obamacare except the tax penalty forced them to buy something they didn’t want.

  • You’re saying so many people would go back to work or continue working because they don’t have health insurance, which would result in $3B not being paid out in benefits and more payroll tax would be paid.

    That ignores that some people actually do die when they don’t have health insurance. When 24 million more don’t have health insurance, that means a lot of additional deaths.

    From: https://thinkprogress.org/trumpcare-deaths-uninsurance-484738b03825
    “Approximately 17,000 people could die in 2018 who otherwise would have lived if a House Republican health proposal endorsed by the Trump administration becomes law. By 2026, the number of people killed by Trumpcare could grow to approximately 29,000 in that year alone.”

    It explains how that number is derived.

    The bill that passed is even worse and will surely result in even more uninsured.

  • Matthew Newgarden

    In fact, public health trends since the implementation
    of the ACA have worsened, with 80,000 more deaths in 2015 than had
    mortality continued declining during 2014–15 at the rate achieved during
    2000–2013. If the white mortality rate for ages 45−54 had held at their 1998 value, 96,000 deaths would have been avoided from 1999–2013 7,000 in 2013 alone.

  • Zorba

    Every time I see a picture of Paul Ryan with that self-satisfied, smirky smile, I want to slap the
    smirk right off of his face.
    He’s certainly not the only one, but he’s one of the main ones.
    When Son Zorba was a young teenager, he told me “I don’t think I could ever be a Republican, Mom. They’re so mean.”
    He was right then, and he’s still right.

  • Neill

    No. Remember the original Obamacare was scored from the CBO and they had an entry for people quitting work early because of subsidized healthcare. There was a bit of worry about this but the democrats said it was all good because job lock was bad and following your dreams was good. Well this is just the reverse of that.

  • Badgerite

    Jesus. Coooooold blooded douche bags.

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