Bruce Vladeck

And Now For Some Cbo-bashing
July 28, 2009

Obviously the CBO abides by certain rules when it scores legislation, and so while even CBO officials acknowledge that their projections don't necessarily reflect reality, it's largely beyond their control. But, of course, that's an argument for why CBO's hands are tied, not for why the rest of us should slavishly abide by its pronouncements. Particularly when it comes to health care, where the agency's batting average really leaves something to be desired.

Premium Idea
April 12, 1999

If the liberals on the just-dissolved National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare are to be believed, the reform plan pushed by its chairman, Democratic Senator John Breaux, and backed both by commission Republicans and by Democratic Senator Bob Kerrey, is about as evil as health policy can get. "They're jeopardizing the health and welfare of frail old people," says former Medicare program chief Bruce Vladeck. "These guys don't want to protect senior citizens from the industry," says Democratic Representative Jim McDermott of Washington.