March 18th, 2010
06:01 PM ET
5 years ago

Steele on health care bill cost estimate: 'That's a lie'

Washington (CNN) – The chairman of the Republican National Committee accused the White House Thursday of pushing and punishing the Congressional Budget Office into calculating an estimate for the health care bill that's favorable to Democrats.

In an interview with CNN's Rick Sanchez, Michael Steele mentioned the $940 billion figure, estimated for the next 10 years, and said, "That's a lie."

soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. independent_josh

    Steele is a symbol of hypocrite and lie.

    March 18, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. ib

    The democrats keep telling their lies and the liberals keep believing it. This stupid thing will pass and we will all suffer because of outright lies. Higher taxes and lower healthcare standards here we come.

    March 18, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. ww

    Oh please – their argument gets more desperate every minute!

    March 18, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. dan smith

    Save America-vote out all Democraps now before it's too late.

    March 18, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. dan smith

    Democraps are the scourge of America.

    March 18, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. LacrosseMom

    So, Mr. Steele, the NON-PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE is....... lying????

    And Mr. Steele when you are proven wrong will you come on CNN and apologize for lying?

    THE HEALTHCARE BILL IS ABOUT SAVING AMERICAN LIVES!

    March 18, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. The smallest violin

    We're supposed to believe a guy that moves RNC meetings to Hawaii actually cares about fiscal conservatism? Give me a break. Steele has no credibility.

    The party that opposes affirmative action appoints a black man as Chairman as soon as a black man is elected President, as they expect us to believe that there's not a cause and effect relationship there? And what of the leaked memo that mocks their base? The Republican party has no credibility.

    Not that the many Dems in Congress lack credibility either...and people wonder why independent voters are dissillusioned? *sigh*

    March 18, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. David

    "that's a lie", coming from a Republican, means it therefore must in fact be true.

    March 18, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. obamamama

    Steele is just pissed that he's not Obama!

    March 18, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    Please don't vote for HCR.

    If you do then over 18,000 won't die every year anymore.

    Is that what you want? You want to save the lives of double the amount of people that died on 9/11?

    No, I'm OK with $800 billion being spent to avenge the lives of 6,000 innocent Americans BUT IT SICKENS ME SPENDING $940 BILLION TO SAVE THE LIVES OF A MEASLY 18,000 INNOCENT AMERICANS A YEAR.

    That's not what REAL America is about.

    Shame on you people trying to save lives.

    REAL AMERICANS DON'T DO THAT!

    America's Slogan: I got mine!

    March 18, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. haren

    By their own govt.health insurance provided by having exchage pool is, according to Repubilican's talking point is 'Govt. take over' for all american.
    If that 'Govt. take over' is good for you guys why it is bad for american people?

    March 18, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. Jazzy

    Steele is a BIG joke! What does he know about numbers???? He is spending money faster than the RNC can bring in! And for what???Lousy insurance opposition commercials! Can we say "MORON."

    March 18, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. ran

    The fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans can not have it their way. They agreed that the CBO would be the one to score the bill; but now that the CBO has and the Republicans do not like the outcome they are again using their fear/hate/obstructionist/purity ways to try and demean the CBO and the bill.

    Mr. President and Democrats pass the bill and let us go onto jobs/energy/immigration and get those done as well. Forget the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans. We will deal with them come election time 2010 and 2012.

    March 18, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. I am the Great and Omnipotent Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    Republicans:
    "If the CBO agrees with us, it's the truth.
    If the CBO doesn't agree with us, it's a lie.

    Kind of like the entire Republican philosophy

    March 18, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. Gary

    About 4 minutes and thats enough of that crap. All this time I thought Steele was a black guy. Now I know, he's just another good old white boy, he's just so full of crap he looks brown.
    Another " I'm a poor minority " interview by Sanchez.

    March 18, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Adalbert

    Steele is a confused RNC chairman. He is just like most of his cronies who can no longer diferentiate between the truth and a lie.

    March 18, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. Sue

    The republican party is the lie....

    March 18, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Jeff

    so the CBO is yet another thing that only can be taken into consideration when its results favor republicans. these people (and i use that term loosely) are sick.

    March 18, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. Dave

    That sounds a lot like "I know you are, but what am i?" I would think that someone in Steele's postion would have a better argument. After watching Steele ramble on in this video, it's evident that he has zero grasp of this issue – like most Republicans – and even less credibility.

    March 18, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    This idiot has more conspiracy theories than Glenn Beck. If anything reported disagrees with republican lies, then it is a lie.

    March 18, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. RAG

    It's official now. "Republican" will be a diagnosis in the new DSM V. The condition is dire, debilitating and apparently untreatable.

    March 18, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. john in Cal

    Let's see. "we know where the WMDs are", "the patriot act won't affect Americans", "Our spying on Americans is only looking for Terrorests". Lie after lie after LIES. Face it Steele, your Republican party has no credibility. To many Wolf,Wolf calls. As a former republican I no longer am fooled by your LIES. Look in the mirror the next time you call some one out as lying. You'll resemble that remark.

    March 18, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Amazing Kreskin

    The health care reform bill will fail.

    March 18, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. m smith

    Steele wonuldn't know A lie if it hit him in the face. The repos have been calling everything a lie for so long they have no clue what is and what isn't a lie. No solutions no new ideas. Nothing creative has come out of this party. The president had such good response from the internet that all the repos are jumping on board. But no new ideas of their own. Same nasty mean bunch of obstructionist as before.They wouldn't aadmit to the health care bill helping anyone if their life depended on it.

    March 18, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. SLP

    Healthcare is not a right. You do not have a right to healthcare. It is a consumer good and like any consumer good, one must go out and work to pay for it. It is also not the Government's job to give us rights. Rights come from God. It is the Government's job to protect those rights not be the granter of said rights. I believe the constitution goes something like this, "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their CREATOR with unalienable rights." It doesn't say that they are endowed by the government with unalienable rights. Our constitution was written on the basis of faith. Without faith, our constitution would never have been conceived. Deny it all you want, liberals, but that doesn't make it any less the truth.

    March 18, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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