Al Franken: “There are no death panels” and Obamacare cuts the deficit

Today, leading legal scholar Al Franken flatly declared that there are no death panels in Obamacare (wrong) and that it cuts the deficit (wrong again).

Ironically, this was Franken’s way of warning the American people not to fall for disinformation from Republicans. Fortunately, I think most Americans don’t take this clown seriously.

The Hill reports:

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) waded into an old partisan debate Monday when he wrote that skeptics of the 2010 healthcare law might simply not have the right facts. 

”I ask the American people not to fall victim to disinformation. There are no death panels. The Affordable Care Act cuts the deficit,” the first-term senator wrote in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

A study by Medicare trustee and conservative economist Charles Blahous reignited the debate over the law’s total cost in early April when it concluded that the law would add at least $340 billion to the deficit.

The study by [Blahous] contradicted estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which estimated initially that the law would cut the deficit by about $132 billion.

Curiously, there is no mention in the Hill article about the CBO’s recently revised numbers (see link above) from last month that increased the projected 10-year cost of Obamacare from $900 billion to $1.76 trillion and had it adding $7.6 trillion to the deficit over that period of time.

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