Is this the best a highly paid New York Times Nobel prize winning columnist can do? I’m reporting from four-wheeler while checking a game camera deep in the mountains (from a cell phone) and can do a better job of checking my sources than Krugman.
There is something creepy strange about this guy that I can’t put my finger on. He always looks like he just got busted peeping through a keyhole.
(Paul Krugman) There are multiple errors and misrepresentations in Niall Ferguson’s cover story in Newsweek — I guess they don’t do fact-checking — but this is the one that jumped out at me. Ferguson says:
“The president pledged that health-care reform would not add a cent to the deficit. But the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation now estimate that the insurance-coverage provisions of the ACA will have a net cost of close to $1.2 trillion over the 2012–22 period.”
Readers are no doubt meant to interpret this as saying that CBO found that the Act will increase the deficit. But anyone who actually read, or even skimmed, the CBO report (pdf) knows that it found that the ACA would reduce, not increase, the deficit — because the insurance subsidies were fully paid for.
(News Busters) Please notice that the CBO report Krugman linked to is from March 30, 2011.
What he failed to inform his readers is the CBO revised these numbers in a March 13, 2012, report finding “the insurance coverage provisions of the ACA will have a net cost of just under $1.1 trillion over the 2012–2021 period.”
In addition, the March 2012 report estimates ObamaCare “will increase deficits by $1,083 billion.” Keep Reading