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Democrats told to evade details of CBO scoring.

Explicitly.  From a Thursday memo on the subject:

We cannot emphasize enough: do not allow yourself (or your boss) to get into a discussion of the details of CBO scores and textual narrative.  Instead, focus only on the deficit reductions and number of Americans covered.

Emphasis theirs, not mine.  Also:

The inclusion of a full SGR ['sustainable growth rate' - ML] repeal would undermine reform’s budget neutrality.  So, again, do not allow yourself (or your boss) to get into a discussion of the details of CBO scores and textual narrative.  Instead, focus only on the deficit reductions and number of Americans covered.

As most health staff knows, Leadership and the White House are working with the AMA to rally physicians support for a full SGR repeal later this spring.  However, both health and communications staff should understand we do not want that policy discussion discussed at this time…

I’d ask what they were so afraid of, but I already know the answer – and so do you.

Moe Lane

PS: Obviously, there’s no need to accommodate them in their desire to avoid this issue.

Crossposted to Moe Lane.

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