|Published:||Jul 24, 2012 10:47 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 24, 2012 10:47 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - There were some new numbers released Tuesday on the cost of President Obama's health care law, one of the more controversial topics of this year's election.
A Congressional Budget Office report finds keeping the Affordable Care Act in place would reduce the nation's deficit; and repealing the act, it says, would raise the deficit.
The CBO says after the supreme court ruling, the Affordable Care Act now costs $84 billion less, largely because states like Florida are opting out of extra medicaid payments; and the law would cover fewer people.
"Their report is accurate, but you have to look at what its saying exactly," said Republican congressional candidate Chauncey Goss. "It's saying a lot of people are just not going to sign up, and therefore, the states, by not playing, are not going to cost as much."
We caught up with five of Southwest Florida candidates for Congress at an event with Hispanic voters on Tuesday night, where Democrat Jim Roach brought a full copy of the health care law to use to dispel myths.
"Health care is the number one driver of the deficit, and the Affordable Care Act actually does save money, no matter what the politicians say," Roach said.
The CBO report said the health care law would reduce the deficit, though it didn't say by how much; it also found repealing the law-- as many Republicans have called for-- would raise the deficit by $109 billion.
"The bill will increase the cost of care, no matter what the deficit numbers are coming out of CBO," said Republican congressional candidate Byron Donalds.
"So it's really a snapshot and has no greater effect on my decision one way or the other. Health care is unconstitutional. Without question," said Republican congressional candidate Joe Davidow.
Republican candidates we spoke to say they're not budging in their opposition to the health care law.
"You are mandated to buy a private product for one reason and one reason only, you're alive. And I don't believe in that, that's not the America we grew up in," said Republican congressional candidate Trey Radel.
Read the CBO's report on the Health Care law's costs here.
Read the CBO's report on the impact of repealing the Health Care law here.