Tue Mar 08, 2011 at 08:20 PM EST
Dumb as a bag of hammers, or staggeringly deceitful? Of course, there’s always room for both with Rep. Michele Bachmann, who just “discovered” $105 billion in “secret” money in the Affordable Care Act. Here she is on Fox News revealing her “bombshell.”Vodpod videos no longer available.
Now, she might not have actually read the bill she voted on, or read the law she’s been lying about for all these months. That’s entirely possible. Because that “secret” money was right there, in the bill all along, as the House Democratic leadership team tweets:
There is no “secret money.” Three full months before the House passed the Senate bill, CBO – charged with accurately estimating the cost of legislation – provided a cost estimate of the legislation (Dec 19, 2009) that included the provisions Rep. Bachmann has just “discovered.” The final cost estimate was available on March 20, 2010 – a year ago. (CBO also concluded that the Affordable Care Act will reduce the deficit by $210 billion).