RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The accusations about the federal Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will only ramp up as we get closer to the election. This week in a post on his web site Virginia Congressman Robert Hurt made this claim.
When discussing a new congressional budget office report Hurt said: "The report projected that the cost of this health care law will increase to nearly $1.8 trillion - increasing the price to far greater than the $900 billion than was projected when it was enacted."
So how true is that claim? According to the writers at Politifact Virginia it is pretty far off the mark. They rule it "mostly false."
Here is where Congressman Hurt is running into trouble. He is right to compare two different congressional budget reports. The problem is he is picking and choosing which parts of the report help him make his claim.
The first report covers a 10 year period from 2010 to 2019. That time frame includes the first four years of the program where the costs are still low because it is being phased in. The second report covers an 11 year period, and the first two, lowest cost years are not even part of the calculation.
According to Politifact Virginia Reporter Sean Gorman, by picking and choosing which years to base his numbers off of, Hurt can make the cost look much worse than it is.
"The major issue that we have with this statement is that it is implying that the cost of health care has basically doubled, when you compare the two reports, and that is just not true," Gorman said.
You can see all the information behind this week's Politifact Virginia report on their web site, www.politifactvirginia.com.