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. Awaal Oastad

    Another hard headed Republican caught between the party loyalty and the facts ......

    - hmmmmm

    March 18, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. John in WV

    Michael Steele says we need health reform. 20 out of the last 29 years, his party has had enough opportunity to do this. Where are we now? Michael Steele says we have the best health care system in the world even though 30 or 40 million mostly middle class have to live without insurance. Steele preaches bi-partisanship but when a bi-partisan congressional committee disputes his party's claims, he calls them liars. PASS HEALTH REFORM NOW. The republican party has given America every reason to do so.

    March 18, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Linell, former Republican Winter Park, FL

    "That's a lie" seems to be the Republican mantra this year, that and "NO!"

    March 18, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. OSU

    This is serious allegation.

    March 18, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. Pragmatic

    more conspiracy theory ... the White House is now in control of what the CBO publishes ??? You really have to get a life, Mr. Steele.

    The truth is that the CBO is making their best estimate ... and you, as a "fear and smear" republican will continue to lie – because you don't have the facts of the final cost either! But that doesn't matter – since the whole exercise is to make sure President Obama, and America, fails!

    March 18, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. SLP

    Excuse me, I meant the Declaration of Independence. Just before any of you go off.

    March 18, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Voice of Reason

    "That's a lie..." ?? C'mon Mr. Steele – do you really want to go down this road? Shall we factcheck all the bald-faced lies the GOP has told over health care? Shall we examine the hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent THIS WEEK on TV advertising by the GOP or it's pet PACs that spew complete fabrications? Shall we go back to the rediculous assertions about 'Death panels' and 'Socialism'? Enough of the scare tactics and ridiculous insecure assertions.

    This is as bad as Joe Wilson and his 'You lie!' debacle. It is a baseless emotional response that has no grounding in reality. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and repeat, "Just because I dont agree, doesnt make it a lie..." Wishing it to be so doesnt make it so.

    Here's a fact you CAN chew on, Mr. Steele: The American people are not nearly as dumb as you seem to think they are. When the dust settles on this whole debate (regardless of the outcome) there are going to be a lot of obstinate republican partisians who are going to look foolish for their stubborn opposal to.. well, to EVERYTHING.

    March 18, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. Jim

    The chairman of the liars association, er I mean Republican Party accuses the CBO of lying? Does their hypocrisy never stop?

    March 18, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. Perry

    My God. No wonder people hate politics. Sometimes it is merely the art of lying with a straight face. I know Mr. Steele is an opportunist, but he has no honor as well.

    March 18, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. CNN=corporate non-news

    OK, what is Steele basing his assertion on? Did Rick Sanchez bother to ask him that, or did he just pitch him softballs like usual.

    Where did Steele get his numbers, if he is saying the CBO estimate is a lie? Cracker Jack? No, lemme guess, a 'non-partisan' study sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Enterprise Institute.

    I wish congress would hurry up and get this done so I don't have to listen to the republicans lie about this bill anymore. Move on and let em lie about something else.

    March 18, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Michael Steele doesn't realize it but his whole life is a lie. He's getting a side view glimpse of it now as the Republicans continue in their attempt to oust him, but he's still in denial.

    March 18, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. a

    steele is the defifnition of CLOWN

    March 18, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. Dave in Oregon

    Steele is a bright man and has it right! Bottom line, you can't provide benefits for 30 million people, include pre-existing conditions and remove annual and life time limits without increasing the total cost of health care, either paid by the government via taxes or individually via out of pocket or through insurance premiums. It's not rocket science but has become a shell game of hiding costs and benefits – don't be fooled!

    March 18, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. David

    Steele you are a corrupt dweeb, if you can't back a statement up with any supporting facts just shut up. Getting a little nervous because the special interest money you were counting on for the fall is about to dry up?

    March 18, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. SANFORD

    michael steel should be checked for mental illness.he is not speaking with his right senses.

    March 18, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. Ruth

    I think Steel is a lie.

    March 18, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  17. Brendan

    Hmmm... We've got a room or building full of non-partisan, career accountants and actuaries and ALL of them are lying. How does Mr. Steele know this? Is he just used to everything coming out of the White House being a lie?

    March 18, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. Squigman

    I'll bet if this person, and his party had come up with the health care bill, it would have been opposed by the democrats. And, I'll also bet that if the health care bill had been laced with tax credits for big oil, big insurance, and more payoffs for republicans, they (the republicans), would be camping out on the statehouse stairs to make sure they voted (down the line) for health care for you (the common person). But, there never will be a champion for the people within the republican party. Big business will always be the republican partys main focus. Always has been, always will be..

    March 18, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. Keith in Austin

    Pelosi's latest approval rating c/o Gallop is a paltry 3 percent. Meanwhile, spineless Liberals are folding like cheap suits under her and Bozo's peer pressure and back room bribes.

    What a miserable example of leadership!
    Pathetic!

    March 18, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. goobs

    In true Republican form, they site the CBO when it benefits them, otherwise the CBO is wrong. People wake up and smell the coffee with these hypocrites.

    March 18, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. D.

    There are lies, big lies, statistics, and above all there are CBO estimates when bills are presented by politicians to them!
    Look the the history of past estimates!

    March 18, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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