The Congressional Budget Office Needs to Be Reformed

The Congressional Budget Office Needs to Be Reformed
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Reactions to the Congressional Budget Office's May 24 score of the American Health Care Act have naturally tended to fall into familiar partisan grooves.

Some Republicans have attacked the CBO in an effort to defend the bill, not only questioning the agency's methods and pointing to its past failures to project the health economy but even (as in the case of Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney in an interview with the Washington Examiner) accusing it of abject political bias. Some Democrats, meanwhile, have defended the CBO in order to attack the bill, asserting that the agency's scoring is unimpeachable and holding up its specific numerical predictions about the AHCA as simple facts.

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