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GOP Exempts Deficit Busting Policies From New Budget Rules


You can read more about the health care repeal side of this here. And more about the GOP's Calvinball rules here.

The health care law, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will reduce the deficit by $143 billion through the end of the decade, and more so in the decade after that. Thus, repealing the law will blow a similarly sized hole in the deficit.

Republicans wave this off.

"No one believes that the job-killing health care law will lower costs, because it won't," Michael Steel, spokesman for incoming House Speaker John Boehner, told Politico. "That's why we've pledged to repeal it, and replace it with common-sense reforms that will actually work."

That statement echoes what Republicans have been saying for months now. But the CBO has said explicitly that repealing health care reform would cause the deficit to increase. The House GOP is set to ignore that warning when they hold their vote on repeal next week.

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