Fact Check: Repealing Obamacare adds to deficit
September 25th, 2013
04:28 PM ET
1 year ago

Fact Check: Repealing Obamacare adds to deficit

ASSERTION:
Repealing Obamacare will add to the deficit.

President Barack Obama at the Clinton Global Initiative, September 24, said: "It is a net reduction of our deficit…if they repealed the law it would add to the deficit.”

FACTS:

In May, 2013 the Congressional Budget Office wrote House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis, stating, that it and the Joint Committee on Taxation “most recently estimated the budgetary impact of repealing the [Affordable Care Act] in July 2012. In a letter to Speaker Boehner (sent on July 24, 2012), CBO described the direct spending and revenue effects of H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act, as passed by the House of Representatives earlier in July. In that letter, CBO indicated that the net savings from eliminating the insurance coverage provisions of the ACA would be more than offset by the combination of other spending increases and revenue reductions that repeal of the ACA would entail. On balance, CBO and JCT estimated, repealing the ACA would affect direct spending and revenues in ways resulting in a net increase in budget deficits of $109 billion over the 2013-2022 period.”

The ACA law as written requires a lot of money to be shelled out over the next 10 years - $1.4 trillion. But it also raises tax revenue and the hope is that it will help cut health care costs.

As a result, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the law as a whole would reduce deficits.

VERDICT:
True.


Filed under: Deficit • Fact Check Obamacare • Health care
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. joseph

    Congressional Budget Office? What's this? Are they better than Fox & Friends. I thought Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Brett Baier and the Krauthammer et al were the folks who provided the facts. I am missing something here big time.

    The debts should not be coming down as per Fox & Friends. I am missing something here.

    Anyway, Go Forward President Barack Obama. May God bless you and the USA. Your heart is in the right place. God of Abraham, Issac and Moses is with you at this time of challenges.

    Joseph
    Port Moresby

    September 25, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. MaryM

    Awwww, poor, poor Repubs. You really thought Fox was telling you the truth this time about the ACA. Just like when fox told you Romney would win the election. Will You ever learn

    September 25, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. Gunderson

    Aw, Yes,
    And Old Gunderson Queen of England. The fact is if "Obama Care is fully implimented there are people out there that are going to take a big hit. Those are the ordinary people that maybe had a full time job, reduced to part time, those that are part time maybe now with no job. Put that in Pipe all you "Experts".

    September 25, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Canuck

    America – where you have the right to accumulate your own private arsenal but have no right to affordable health care, what a country....

    September 25, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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