Gingrich Blasts 'Disgustingly Wrong' CBO: It 'Should Be Abolished'
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) slammed the Congressional Budget Office, which released a critical score of the Republicans' ObamaCare replacement bill, declaring that it should be abolished.
On "The First 100 Days," Martha MacCallum asked Gingrich what he thought of the CBO's scoring, which said 14 million more people will be uninsured by 2018 under the plan championed by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
"They should abolish the Congressional Budget Office," Gingrich said. "It is corrupt, it is dishonest, it was totally wrong on ObamaCare by huge, huge margins."
Gingrich said he does not believe a single word they print in their reports.
He said, as House Speaker in the 1990s, he balanced the federal budget for four straight years, and "fought the CBO every time."
Gingrich said the organization, billed as a nonpartisan scorekeeper for legislation, used an ObamaCare architect to help score the Affordable Care Act.
"[They're] totally dishonest, disgustingly wrong," he said. "That whole thing should be abolished."
Gingrich also pointed out that Health & Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price said the CBO did not score several sections of the current legislation.