Magazine November 2, 2009, Issue

Media Malpractice

Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D., Mont.) meets with the media on Capitol Hill, February 6, 2009. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
The Fourth Estate is certainly doing its part for Obamacare

On October 7, the Congressional Budget Office released a preliminary analysis of Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus’s health-care bill. The report said that the bill would net the government $81 billion over ten years — on certain assumptions, which the report itself suggested were unrealistic.

The report, for one thing, factored in $200 billion in reduced physician payments under Medicare. Congress has habitually enacted smaller payment cuts and then balked at letting them take effect; the CBO report went out of its way to mention that habit. The CBO assumed, further, that Congress would heap new burdens on people who

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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