White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday dismissed the Congressional Budget Office's upcoming scoring of the new healthcare bill, saying the office was "way, way off last time."
Spicer was asked about the cost of American Healthcare Act (AHCA) introduced by House Republicans, and he criticized the CBO for being millions off on Obamacare.
"Of course cost matters but look how off they were last time. If you're looking to the CBO, you're looking in the wrong place," Spicer told reporters at the White House press briefing. "They were way, way off last time in every aspect of how they scored and projected Obamacare . . . Last time if you look at the number of people they projected would be on Obamacare, they were off by millions.
"The idea we're waiting for a score — it will be scored — but the idea that that's any kind of authority base on the track record that occurred last time is a little far-fetched," Spicer said.
But Spicer insisted he didn't question the CBO's credibility, just their math.
"Their record is what I'm calling into question," Spicer said.
"All I'm saying is look at the CBO's record on Obamacare — it's vastly off. I think they projected 20 million people to be on Obamacare this year," Spicer said. "I believe the number's 12. They're way off in terms of the millions.
"Anyone that can do basic math can understand that their projections for Obamacare the last time were way, way off the market," Spicer said.
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