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March 4, 2012

THERE WAS NO BOWLES-SIMPSON COMMISSION REPORT

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 12:45 am

THERE WAS NO BOWLES-SIMPSON COMMISSION REPORT

Dean Baker protests:

There Was No Bowles-Simpson Commission Reports: The New York Times badly misled readers by repeatedly referring to a report of the deficit reduction commission led by former Senator Alan Simpson and Morgan Stanley Director Erskine Bowles. There was no report from this commission. The “report”… was exclusively the [draft mark] of the co-chairs. It did not receive the necessary support of 14 members of the commission that would have made it an official commission report, a point noted only in passing toward the end of the piece.

This mis-characterization is extremely important in the context of the piece, because the main point of the article is that President Obama ignored the report of a commission he appointed. Since this commission did not approve a report, the premise of the article is wrong….

It is also worth noting that much of the projected long-term deficit would disappear if the Affordable Care Act is as successful in containing costs as projected by the Medicare Trustees.

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