March 18th, 2010
06:01 PM ET
12 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. inofritzn

    its not a lie exactly.... just a poor poor estimate.

    March 18, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. leonardofru

    Almost everything Mr. Obama has been saying about the bill is a lie. Pure and simple. Blame George Bush or the war in Iraq or the weather, but Mr. Obama is a compulsive lier, and CNN will not call him on it.

    March 18, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. Justin

    We're supposed to believe cynical, biased, political Michael Steele over the independent, unbiased Congressional Budget Office?


    Once again, the GOP proves it can't live in reality.

    March 18, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Illionois Blue Dog

    If Michael Steele says it so, then it MUST be true – Come on, Steele has about as much credibility as the boy who cried wolf

    March 18, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. MikeH

    Now did CNN ask Steele if he has any facts to support his statement? No?

    CNN do you know what responsible journalism is?

    If some pathological liar like Michael Steele says any old lie, do you just print it without checking? Well do you?

    Or is CNN shilling to defeat the health reform bill?

    March 18, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. Kevin in Ohio

    It is crystal clear..... Obama is a LIAR.

    And for those left wingers who don't like that kind of talk.... we have ALOT of catching up to do after you falsely accused Bush of lying those many years.

    March 18, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. HarryB

    According to Michael Steele, there are only two classes of people:
    A) Those who agree with him and his Party
    B) Liars.

    Consider the source.

    March 18, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. Accountability In American Society

    Can Republicans do anything other that spout off


    Can the media do it's job and challenge these types of whimsical statements ... whether they are Republicans or Democrats

    If they don't then the media doesn't deserve any protections under the 1st Ammendment.

    March 18, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. rdepontb

    What is wrong with these Republicans????

    Michael Steele, you are again making a mockery of everyone who once supported you here in Maryland. You act like an arrogant ass to your own party members, Democrats, Independents, children-and even now to the impartial CBO.

    What gives, man? Knock that crap off, now, please. We once needed you to help lead the way for the common good, not be the common goof.

    March 18, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  10. cspurgeon

    This guy is a nutso and CNN gives him a window to rant. Shame on you all. Anything for ratings huh! CNN you are showing your ethics. I hope some of the good guys go to other networks so I can hear them, They are limited. Anderson, Gupta and some of the am news crews. Then Fox can buy ypu and you will fit right in.

    March 18, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. FactCheck

    Do you wing-nuts even believe your own lies anymore? By the way, how is the hunt for those WMDs from Iraq coming along?

    March 18, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Russ

    Michael Who?

    March 18, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. Rickster

    Obama needs to be impeached now. While he is busy emulating his idol, Fidel Castro by playing dictator and passing bills that the people don't want, our enemies in the world can see what a weak sister he is and are taking full advantage. For example:

    "Vladimir Putin, Russia’s prime minister, promised on Thursday that Moscow would help Iran complete a civil nuclear power station by this summer, drawing criticism from Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state."


    "The Obama administration is poised to ban offshore oil drilling on the outer continental shelf until 2012 or beyond. Meanwhile, Russia is making a bold strategic leap to begin drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. While the United States attempts to shift gears to alternative fuels to battle the purported evils of carbon emissions, Russia will erect oil derricks off the Cuban coast."

    The damage this clown of a president is doing to this country will go on for decades.

    March 18, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. Aaron

    None of the fools can be trusted with a calculator and taxpayer money, including Steele. The political truth for either party leans toward that party's agenda.

    March 18, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Steele is incapable to distinguish fact vs lie. He is a puppet and actor with no actual knowledge of anything important.

    March 18, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. MikeH

    Michael Steele is almost as big a pathological liar as TCM. I wonder if TCM is paid more for his lies than Mikey.

    March 18, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Hscnn

    So he's calling the Congressional Budget Office a liar? Were they liars when they came up with cost estimates for Republican-sponsored programs? Did Steele present a detailed report with where he's getting his cost estimate? Perhaps Republican leaders pushed and punished him into making false claims.

    March 18, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. NickinLasVegas

    I'm not anti-republican or pro-democrat but the republican party is starting to look like a joke to me. Is that really their best argunment, the non-partisan CBO is lying?? PATHETIC.

    March 18, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    It makes sense that Steele would say this. His party is all about "No" because they don't have any new ideas; all they have are tried-and-failed policies.

    They can't offer anything except fear, division and hate. They believe that giving money to the wealthy and de-regulating everything brings out the best in people, all evidence to the contrary.

    Republicans see our country as something to pillage – nothing more. Republican leaders care only about money and power and are willing to do anything and everything to attain and keep it.

    They would have our country turn into a third-world nightmare of 2% of the people control all the wealth and the heck with the rest of us. Education? Only if you have money. Health care? Only if you have money. Freedom of speech, assembly or religion? Only if you have money.

    What's truly sad is how many Americans have fallen for the Republicans' version of reality and are incapable of seeing how truly destructive the Republicans and their policies are for our country.


    March 18, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. Sooze

    He Steele dosen't get it. NO, NO, NO, doesn't fix our "Perfect health care system". Wake up and smell the coffee.

    March 18, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Mike in MN

    I don't know if the CBO is telling a lie, but I do believe Obamacare will wind up costing far more than $940 billion. The CBO can not figure in governments ability to screw things up and to be irresponsible with tax payers money. Social Security and Medicare were supposed to cost a lot less than they do now and both huge entitlement programs have been screwed up and mismanaged for decades to the point where they are about to bankrupt America. The government will drop the ball on Obamacare the same way and it will just join Social Security and Medicare in bankrupting America.

    March 18, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    From a psychological perspective, Steele is an interesting case. He has aligned himself with a group that despises his race; is it self-loathing on his part that allows him to continue to be used?

    Is it jealousy of President Obama, an African American man with integrity, intelligence, humility and a willingness to work hard for what he has, someone with whom he can never really compete?

    Is it some misguided feeling that if only he sucks up hard enough to the Republicans, they'll finally accept him as one of their own? (News flash, Mickey: The most you'll ever be to the GOP is a "Magic Negro").

    March 18, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. Lucy, Texas

    Does anyone remember the story about the boy who cried wolf? He ran to the village and told them the herd was being attacked by a wolf and laugh at them when they raced to save the herd, not once but twice. The moral of the story is that even if a liar is telling the truth, he won't be believed. After 8 years of George Bush Jr. and Fox News, their is very little I can believe of the Republican "facts" until I read a "fact check" review. I think that CNN ought to start running the political fact checks underneath all the politicians as they speak. At least get it going by the second time you run the interview. It is suppose to be news from reliable sources....but the Republicans just make up facts and figures like they did Weapons of Mass Destruction....and how many trillion dollars and young men did that lie cost us.

    March 18, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. Jason Cooper

    Rick, thanks for a respectful conversation with Mr. Steele. I wish that you would have followed up on his claim, often repeated in GOP circles, that the U.S. has the best health care system in the world. It is true that we have the best procedures, the best medicines, the best medical professionals, etc. It absolutely cannot be said that we have the best health care delivery system in the world. The Census Bureau's own figures show several dozen countries ahead of the U.S. when it comes to life expectancy... this is the reality that Republicans don't want to talk about.

    March 18, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. Susie

    Hm, when the CBO came out with favorable figures for Republicans, no Democrat called them liars. What is wrong with the GOP? I think they are so terrified that this bill is going to pass and WORK, that they will do anything to keep people afraid. They are going down in November, and they can't see straight for the terror in their hearts. They are not afraid of what this will do to Americans, but what it will do to hurt them. They are a sad, sad party.

    March 18, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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