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Former CBO director: If Congress wanted to change Obamacare, they ‘blew it’ with their process

“I’m on the way out so I can say this”

Keith Hall, the former director of the Congressional Budget Office, wants Congress to deal with the rising deficit and faulted the process Republicans followed to repeal Obamacare. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Keith Hall, the former director of the Congressional Budget Office, wants Congress to deal with the rising deficit and faulted the process Republicans followed to repeal Obamacare. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Keith Hall finally broke his own rule and publicly defended the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring process as he prepared to leave the office’s top spot in late May. Republicans in Congress criticized the CBO in 2017 for its report that said their bill to repeal the 2010 health care law would cause millions to lose their insurance.

“I’m on the way out so I can say this,” Hall told CQ Roll Call a few days before his planned departure. “If Congress really wanted to change Obamacare, they’re the ones that blew it with their process, not CBO.”

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