Democrat Senate Candidate Heidi Heitkamp Claims That Obamacare Reduces The Budget Deficit


At a recent town hall, on April 12th, 2012, Democrat Senate told a questioner in the audience that Obamacare reduces the budget deficit. “If you look at the entire bill, and we can pull out CBO numbers, it actually is a budget saver,” she claimed. “It actually reduces the deficit. Yeah, and so we’ll get you those numbers.”

To date, the Heitkamp campaign hasn’t produced any numbers to indicate that Obamacare reduces the deficit, but it’s worth noting that this is the same loaf of baloney Senator Kent Conrad (the Democrat Heitkamp hopes to replace in the Senate) has been selling for years too.

Can Heitkamp produce some tortured fiscal analysis which concludes that Obamacare will reduce the deficit? Maybe, but it wouldn’t be the truth.

Obamacare adds to the deficit, but you don’t have to take my word for it. President Obama’s own deficit commission, convened in 2010, said Obamacare’s cost savings “count on large phantom savings” and calls the law’s new long-term care program “unsustainable.”

So who do we believe? Heidi Heitkamp and her vague allusions on the campaign trail, or the deficit commission summoned into existence by President Obama himself?

I think Heitkamp was better off when she was ignoring Obamacare, as opposed to defending it with half-truths and phony (non-existent?) numbers.

Rob Port

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