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Chuck Todd's Feelings About Congressional Budget Office Report On Obamacare Probably Most Important Thing About It

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This morning the Congressional Budget Office released a new report [pdf] on the nation’s fiscal outlook for the next ten years. About thirty seconds later partisans on both sides of the ideological divide started spinning that the report was either good news for America or yet more evidence that Obama is some unholy combination of Jimmy Carter, an irresponsible teenager, and Satan.


Amiable dunderhead Chuck Todd, who always reminds us of that guy whose peak in life was getting elected president of his class at a small liberal arts college, wants everyone to know that the cretinous skinsuits in the GOP will have feels about the report. (Or is it the cretinous skinsuit that is Chuck Todd who is having these feels? We are debating this in the chatcave, along with how many Chuck Todds can dance on the head of a pin.)

Obamacare “feels” like it raises the deficit! Except the report doesn’t say that. The CBO is projecting that the deficit in the near term will continue its recent trend of falling and be down to $517 billion this year, which, while it still sounds like a metric fuckton of money, is the lowest of the Obama era and a decline of nearly $1 trillion since 2009. Yes, the CBO projects the deficit will start to rise again in 2016, but any health care spending that contributes to that (as Chuck himself acknowledged about a minute later) is largely due to our rapidly aging population, which is an issue the ACA was partly designed to help address.

Also a fun side note: the GOP has recently been making a big deal about an ACA provision called “risk corridors,” which the Party of No characterizes as a bailout for the insurance companies (spoiler alert: they’re not). Here, let us outsource the explainer:

[It]’s a provision designed to make insurance companies in the Obamacare exchanges compete on the basis of price and quality, rather than cherry-picking the healthiest customers. The way it works is that companies that wind up with unexpectedly healthy customers pay some of their windfall back to the government, and companies with unexpectedly sick customers get compensated for their losses.

The Republicans in the House were trying to make repealing risk corridors a condition of raising the debt ceiling for one year. But the CBO estimates such a repeal would add $8 billion to the deficit. Oops! Better luck next hostage crisis, guys.

So whatever the GOP wants you to “feel” about the ACA contributing to the deficit, it is wrong! If only Chuck Todd was some sort of “reporter” with a “platform” he could use to impart this “information” to “people.”

Of course we all know what Chuck Todd thinks about reporting facts. It’s not really his job, which leaves us all free to ignore any shit that spurts from his mouth hole. Thanks, Chuck. We'll be sure to do just that.

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Lace up your sneakers, Wonkers! Time to hit the streets. MoveOn, the ACLU, MomsRising and all your favorite dirty leftists are getting together for a yuuuuuuuuge march to show that WE ARE A NATION OF DECENT FUCKING HUMAN BEINGS WHO DON'T KIDNAP BABIES. And your Wonkette will be there!

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Rudy Giuliani, flapping his loose yap to Politico on Monday:

President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Monday that he was actually just bluffing last week when he called for Justice Department leaders to suspend special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation within 24 hours.

"I didn't think it would," Giuliani told POLITICO with a laugh when asked about the Mueller inquiry's still being very much an active investigation. "But I still think it should be." [...]

That's what I'm supposed to do," Giuliani explained on Monday. "What am I supposed to say? That they should investigate him forever? Sorry, I'm not a sucker."

Cool, that is just Rudy Giuliani admitting he's full of shit and words and more shit and more words (and also a noun, a verb and 9/11). We are guessing therefore that Giuliani, who is a lawyer, would legally advise us to continue assuming we should take his every oral ejaculation with a gi-normous grain of FULL OF SHIT.

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