In an apparent response to this political black eye, four Republican congressmen introduced legislation on Monday that would eliminate the CBOs Budget Analysis Division and reduce the offices staff by 89 employees.
Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), the amendments lead sponsor, claims that CBO too often releases inaccurate predictions, such as when it overestimated by millions the number of people who would enroll in the Obamacare exchanges. Under Griffiths amendment, which is co-sponsored by Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Mark Meadows (R-NC), and Scott Perry (R-PA), the CBO would become an aggregator of predictions made by third-party public policy groups across the political spectrum.
So, instead of actually providing its own impartial advice on the impact of certain legislation, the CBO would simply relay what outside entities say about the bill, including self-interested groups with a political ax to grind.
It should be noted, while Griffith is correct that the CBO did underestimate the number of people who would enroll in the Affordable Care Acts exchanges, it outperformed other independent groups examining the impact of Obamacare arriving at more accurate predictions than the Obama administrations own figures, and those of the RAND Corporation, the Urban Institute and the Lewin Group, a health industry consulting firm.
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