Later today, Senate Republican leaders will unveil the latest iteration of their regressive health care plan, and we'll take a closer look at its details once it's released. In the meantime, however, proponents of the GOP's approach are hard at work -- trying to tear down the Congressional Budget Office's credibility.
If all goes according to plan, the Republican bill will be unveiled today; it will receive a CBO score on Monday; and then the GOP-led Senate will vote on the proposal soon after. Of course, if that plan sounds familiar, it's because this is identical to the schedule created a few weeks ago by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) -- a schedule that was derailed when the Congressional Budget Office found that the GOP legislation would take health care benefits from 22 million Americans.
This time around, Republicans are investing more energy in trying to convince the relevant players that the CBO's numbers are not to be trusted. The Huffington Post explained yesterday:
The White House attempted to discredit the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday, releasing a video that questions the accuracy of the agency's previous projections on health insurance coverage under Obamacare.
Issued as a heated health care debate continues on Capitol Hill, the administration seems to be arguing that because CBO estimates have been off before, there is no reason to trust its recent reports predicting that a Republican-led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act would have devastating effects.
But just 10 seconds into the video, the White House instead managed to strain its credibility with a misspelling of the word "inaccurately."
Now, I'm aware of the dangers of throwing rocks in a glass house. I've been known to publish a few typos of my own from time to time, so I'm generally cautious about criticizing -- or worse, mocking -- others' typographical missteps.
Then again, my blog posts are not official White House materials, created to deceive the public about millions of Americans' health security.
Of course, while the typo was probably embarrassing for Team Trump, there are two broader angles to this that are worth keeping in mind.