The GOP’s Favorite Accounting Trick

On Fox News Sunday, Paul Ryan admitted that his new budget will assume Obamacare’s repeal:

Ezra Klein notes that “Ryan’s version of repeal means getting rid of all the parts that spend money to give people health insurance but keeping the tax increases and the Medicare cuts that pays for that health insurance, as without those policies, it is very, very difficult for Ryan to hit his deficit-reduction targets”:

That’s the irony of Ryan’s balanced-budget. Much of it is built on taxes and Medicare cuts that he and his party would never have proposed, and which they in fact fought bitterly, but which they’ve now assimilated into their budget because it’s almost impossible for them to hit their deficit-reduction goals otherwise.

Bernstein calls out the GOP for flipping and flopping on Obamacare’s Medicare cuts.