Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s spokeswoman Ashlee Strong tweeted a flat out lie about Trumpcare this Saturday morning, claiming that the American Health Care Act has been scored by the Congressional Budget Office twice when it, in fact, has not.
She wrote, “While we’re setting the record straight: AHCA was posted online a month ago, went through 4 committees, & has been scored by CBO — twice.”
She provides no evidence whatsoever for her claims. If this CBO score really exists, she could have provided documentation of it; she could have provided a link; she could have made one of those Twitter threads that the journalistic hack type is so fond of making.
But, nope, she did none of that, and the pretty much unquestionable answer for why she did none of that is because there is no documentation to give. In other words, her claim is a lie.
Yes, the American Health Care Act was scored by the CBO back in March when it first came up for a vote. For the CBO to have scored the legislation means that they assessed the impacts of the bill in terms of how much money it would cost the government and, in the case of this bill, in terms of how many people could lose their health insurance should it become law. The people in the CBO are non-partisan economists; they know what they’re talking about.
The thing is, the AHCA was amended significantly in the period in between March and when the House passed it in recent days, and the CBO never scored the amended version. Nevertheless, Speaker Ryan’s spokeswoman found it nothing to completely make up the fact that these economists reviewed the bill.
Check out some of the very best replies to Strong’s tweet below.