During a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) admitted to double-counting in the Obamacare budget.As Pajamas Media's Charlie Martin says, "You mean they lied? You’re kidding."
In her first appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee since the health-care law passed, Kathleen Sebelius responded to a line of questioning by Republican Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois about whether $500 billion in Medicare cuts were used to sustain the program or pay for the law.
"There is an issue here on the budget because your own actuary has said you can’t double-count," said Shimkus. "You can’t count -- they’re attacking Medicare on the CR when their bill, your law, cut $500 billion from Medicare."
He continued: "Then you’re also using the same $500 billion to what? Say your funding health care. Your own actuary says you can’t do both. . . What’s the $500 billion in cuts for? Preserving Medicare or funding the health-care law?"
Sebelius’ reply? "Both."