Former National Economic Council director slams attacks on CBO

The former National Economic Council director under Presidents Bill ClintonBill ClintonOPINION | Dems need a fresh face for 2020: Try Kamala Harris Trump approval rating sets new low in second quarter: Gallup OPINION | How Democrats stole the nation's lower federal courts MORE and Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump launches all-out assault on Mueller probe Immigration agents planning raids next week targeting teenage gang members Obama intel chief wonders if Trump is trying to make 'Russia great again' MORE slammed the Trump administration’s recent attacks on the accuracy of Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports on the Senate healthcare bill.

“Fine for National Economic Council (NEC) to explain substantive disagreements with CBO. But for NEC to label CBO "fake news" is a disgrace,” Gene Sperling tweeted on Sunday.



Sperling was responding to a Washington Post op-ed penned by White House legislative affairs director Marc Short and Brian Blase, a special assistant to President Trump for healthcare policy at the National Economic Council.

The piece tells Americans “to give little weight” to the CBO score of the ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill.

Blase and Short said the CBO’s estimate of the Affordable Care Act was not accurate.

“Although the CBO generally plays a valuable role in the legislative process, as Obamacare’s ongoing failure clearly demonstrates, the CBO’s health-care model is fundamentally flawed,” they wrote.

“The CBO’s failure to update the model means its forthcoming analysis of the Senate bill will be no better — and perhaps worse — than its disproven Obamacare projections. Although the media and the political left will certainly seize on it, the CBO’s estimates will be little more than fake news,” they continued.

The nonpartisan office predicted Senate Republicans’ original healthcare bill would leave 22 million fewer people without health insurance over the next 10 years than under ObamaCare.

Sperling’s tweet comes as multiple reports surface saying the CBO will not release a score Monday on the latest revision of the GOP healthcare legislation. Consideration of the bill will be put on hold this week while Sen. John McCainJohn McCainSen. Flake's GOP challenger: McCain should resign The Hill's 12:30 Report Armed Services leaders appoint strategy panel members MORE (R-Ariz.) recovers in his home state from surgery.

The White House and Senate Republican leadership are struggling to push the bill over the finish line, and they can't afford to lose another vote from the GOP conference, according to the latest tally from The Hill’s Whip List.

All Democrats are expected to vote against the legislation, and Vice President Pence could be called in to cast a tie-breaking vote.