Senator Crapo is an Idiot

Updated 8/27: Shortened the title from "Senator Crapo Unwittingly Publicizes the Inherent Contradiction in Republican Campaign Strategy" Catchy, no? And I got some wonky quibbles on the numbers down below.

You think teh crazy talk and inhibited logical faculties are limited to the tea baggers? Its embedded in the Republican game plan of reducing deficits while repealing health care reform. Senator Crapo, in an election year gambit, attempted to demonstrate economic justification for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (health care reform). Crapo asked the Congressional Budget Office for an analysis on the deficit should the ACA be repealed. And the response (.pdf) probably won't be heralded by any press releases from the Senator's office:

"[Y]ou asked what the net deficit impact would be if certain provisions of PPACA and the Reconciliation Act that were estimated to generate net savings were eliminated -- specifically, those which were originally estimated to generate a net reduction in mandatory outlays of $455 billion over the 2010-2019 period. The estimate of $455 billion mentioned in your letter represents the net effects of many provisions. Some of those provisions generated savings for Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children's Health Insurance Program, and some generated costs.

"If those provisions were repealed, CBO estimates that there would be an increase in deficits similar to its original estimate of $455 billion in net savings over that period."

To be clear this applies only to the Medicare portions of ACA. If the entire ACA were repealed it would still add $140 billion. Numbers analysis here. As Benen said "In related news, Republicans believe accelerators make cars slow down, lighter fluid puts fires out, and light bulbs make rooms darker." But what can you expect from the party that has no use for education, thinks science is squishy, and apologized to British Petroleum for getting our water in their oil.

Republicans are all in for repeal. Especially here in Idaho where Governor Otter concocted the Idaho Health Freedom Act in order to distract away from the job he was supposed to be doing, governing. Instead he proposed to spend boatloads of money Idaho doesn't have on lawyers. Now he, and the rest of the walking contradictions, will have to 'splain to voters why they wanna increase the deficit by a half trillion dollars.