WaPo's Lori Montgomery "urged" editors not to put her story re Blahous study showing Obamacare double counting on pg 1. http://t.co/GjqoqRrI— Tevi Troy (@TeviTroy) April 15, 2012
From the Washington Post:
On Tuesday, below the fold on Page A3, The Post ran a story from its reporter on national financial and fiscal matters, Lori Montgomery, about a new study of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, derisively called Obamacare but known among policy wonks as the ACA.
The study, by Charles Blahous of the free-market-oriented Mercatus Center at George Mason University, put meat and numbers on the bones of a Republican argument, made since 2009, that the act will add to the deficit. Blahous said that it will add at least $340 billion, and perhaps as much as $527 billion, to the deficit over 10 years.
This is contrary to what President Obama, and the nonpartisan analysts on Capitol Hill at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), have said — that the act will cut the deficit over the first 10 years by a modest $132 billion. Indeed, that was one of the selling points of the law… Putting the story on A3 was the right judgment for a print publication. Montgomery urged her editors, correctly, not to put it on the front page: it wasn’t worth that.