The First Smack Down of the Summit

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Here’s what happened:

The President was explaining that the Congressional Budget Office predicts premiums in the individual and small group market will go down under the Senate bill. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander interrupted the President to say this isn’t true. The President explained how it actually is true and how Alexander was misconstruing the CBO estimate. Alexander tried to interrupt him several more times, but the President wouldn’t let it happen again. “I’m pretty certain that I’m not wrong,” said the President. He’s not wrong. Ezra Klein explains.

Expect to see more of this on-the-spot fact checking today.

Unrelated, but Tom Coburn just suggested using “undercover patients” to help cut fraud in Medicare and Medicaid. I haven’t heard that idea in the debate over the past year. Do we have our first new idea of the summit?