[Guest post by DRJ]
President Obama’s $3.8T budget claims to be consistent with a long-term deficit reduction goal of $1.2T over the next decade. However, ABC News’ Jake Tapper reports those reductions assume Congress will pass health care reform:
“We took a very simple approach,” said Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag. “Since both the House and Senate had passed legislation, we took the average of the two” using numbers from the Congressional Budget Office.
That means the administration is counting on $150 billion in deficit reduction from a health care reform bill that is — for now — stalled in Congress with no clear path forward.”
Robert Gibbs explained the Democrats are only one vote away from having the votes to complete health care reform, so it doesn’t make “much sense to not assume that it should be in the budget.”