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Published on Dec 22, 2009
On December 19, 2009, the CBO released an estimate that the health reform bill would reduce the deficits by $132 billion. The problem with this estimate was something that the CBO made as plain as day: They can only estimate the bill as it is written and make no estimation of how likely it is that a particular part of the bill will be implemented as it is written.
My goal here was to satirize the fact that the health reform bill has been written with several parts that seem VERY unlikely (next to impossible) to be implemented as they are written. And yet, for consistency, the CBO makes no judgment call on the likelihood of the implementation. That's not their job.