If you’re looking for a possible roadmap for Rick Santorum‘s campaign in the week ahead, he provided one in his stump speech in Osage Beach, Mo., on Friday.
“You know what people are going to be talking about this week and next week?” Santorum asked the crowd of a few hundred on Friday. “Obamacare. Why? Well, the Congressional Budget Office this week just came out with their new numbers. And I know you’re gonna be shocked to hear this, but it’s twice as expensive as what President Obama said.” ….using the CBO’s numbers. “Believe it or not, remarkable,” he said. “It’s almost 2 trillion dollars over the next 10 years.”
Except you might not want to believe it, because Santorum’s twice-as-expensive claim is “absolutely untrue,”according to FactCheck.org, a project for the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
“We wouldn’t blame anyone for being confused by the CBO report,” FactCheck.org noted in its analysis, but it pointed out that the bill’s cost is now, by a more accurate count, “about half a percent lower than originally estimated” — not twice as high. FactCheck.org says the confusion comes from an “an inappropriate apples-to-grapefruit comparison” seized upon by Republican lawmakers “misquoting” the CBO’s report.