During a Washington Post online Q&A, Lois Romano claimed that health care reform legislation would "drive up the deficit." But the Congressional Budget Office has said reform would reduce the deficit, as Romano's readers quickly pointed out. That's when things got strange:
Lois Romano: Some legislators are from conservative districts or states where constituents are not keen on the bill for various reasons-- one being that it costs too much and will drive up the deficit. Those legislators will oppose the bill in the hope of getting reelected.
Chicago: Lois: you stated: Some legislators are from conservative districts or states where constituents are not keen on the bill for various reasons-- one being that it costs too much and will drive up the deficit. The only credible referee in this matter has been the CBO which has said that the bill would contain costs and reduce the deficit. I always thought the Fox Party echo chamber was formidable but maybe I have underestimated it all these years. Please tell me you misspoke? Thanks.
Lois Romano: Perhaps I wasnt clear: the constituents in these districts have come to believe the bill is too expensive.
I dont have an opinion.
RE Health care: " one being that it costs too much and will drive up the deficit"
This is not true. The CBO Says the bill will lower the deficit by 130 billion over the next ten years.(even more in the second decade) You are willingly repeating talking points even after they have been proven false. No wonder the public is confused
Lois Romano: Again- I was stating what these constituents may believe- not what I think.
I have no opinion.
So, some people "may believe" health care reform would drive up the deficit, despite the fact that the CBO says it will reduce the deficit. But Lois Romano has "no opinion" about which is more accurate. This, of course, is exactly the reason why "the constituents in these districts have come to believe the bill is too expensive" -- reporters like Lois Romano who refuse to say whether random beliefs are less credible than the findings of the Congressional Budget Office.
From the July 29th edition of MSNBC's Hardball:
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During a washingtonpost.com online chat, Lois Romano asserted that "the only report that matters now on the Hill ... is the greatly anticipated report by General [David] Petraeus -- which will give assessment of the conflict" in Iraq, despite the fact that her own newspaper published a report noting challenges to the U.S. military's recent assertions -- and scrutinizing a specific claim Petraeus is expected to make -- that sectarian violence in Iraq is declining.