Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich held back no punches on Monday in blasting the Congressional Budget Office for its scoring of the House GOP’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The outspoken republican called the report “disgustingly wrong” and recommended that the CBO be abolished.
“They should abolish the Congressional Budget Office. It is corrupt. It is dishonest. It was totally wrong on Obamacare by huge, huge margins,” he told Fox News’s Marth MacCallum on ‘The First 100 Days.’
“I don’t trust a single word they have published and I don’t believe them.”
The former Speaker was undeterred in response to MacCallum’s pushing back by pointing out that the director of the CBO was appointed by congressional Republicans and supported by the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, who at that time was a member of Congress.
“People maybe misjudge what they’re supposed to do,” MacCallum said. “Their job is figure out whether or not this is something that can get through on reconciliation, right? Not to make a judgment about the whole bill.”
In response, Gingrich pointed to his personal experience in the House. “No. Let me be very clear. I helped balance the budget four straight times, the only time in your lifetime,” he said. “We fought the Congressional Budget Office every time.”
“When ObameCare came out, they used the architect of ObamaCare as their adviser on how to score ObamaCare. And their score, you go back and look at it, it is totally dishonest, disgustingly wrong, and that whole thing should be abolished.”
Gingrich proposed that the CBO be replaced by “putting out to bid and having three to five professional firms score these things.”
“Nobody has an exact score, it’s not possible,” he added. “There are whole sections of this bill they haven’t scored.”
The CBO projected that the legislation proposed by House Republicans would increase the number of uninsured people in the nation by a whopping 14 million within the first year of being enacted. That number is projected to balloon to 24 million by 2026.