Former National Economic Council director slams attacks on CBO

The former National Economic Council director under Presidents Bill ClintonBill ClintonGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Lawmakers, pick up the ball on health care and reform Medicaid The art of the small deal MORE and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight Iran's president warns US will pay 'high cost' if Trump ditches nuclear deal 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 Sidney McCainSenate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions 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.