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Video: Spinning the CBO Report

On NBC’s local station in Philadelphia, FactCheck.org Director Eugene Kiely discussed how politicians on both sides of the aisle distorted the Congressional Budget Office’s projection that the Senate health care bill would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million in 2026.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a former Democratic presidential candidate, claimed the Republican bill “would throw 22 million Americans off of health insurance,” while House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, said the 22 million refers to people who “choose not to buy something they don’t like or want.”

In fact, CBO said it’s a combination of both. Some people would lose access to health insurance because of the bill, while others would chose not to buy insurance. For FactCheck.org’s full analysis, see our story, “Spinning the CBO Insurance Estimate.”

This news video, which aired July 2, is part of FactCheck.org’s partnership with NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal, to produce weekly fact-checking segments for local NBC stations.