Skip to main content

View Diary: Eric Cantor's math problem (50 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Help me out here (9+ / 0-)

    The terseness of these tweets is obfuscating the point. Cantor is right that 3.65/5.44=67%. What did Siddiqui mean by "already taken into account"?

    •  Yeah.... (7+ / 0-)

      I'm not following the conversation.

      “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck (Disputed)

      by RichM on Thu May 01, 2014 at 01:52:16 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thanks, me neither (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        RichM, barkworsethanbite

        I even followed the link to the earlier post and found it kind of unintelligible. I hesitated to comment to that effect for fear that I was missing something really obvious, so I am grateful to see I'm not alone.

        "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

        by Demi Moaned on Thu May 01, 2014 at 02:15:12 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Yeah, there's some missing context here (4+ / 0-)

      I realize the main point is that House GOPers are stupid and liars, but I haven't seen what the discrepancy is.

      Google time!

      "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."

      by grape crush on Thu May 01, 2014 at 01:52:40 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The math & the background (5+ / 0-)

      I think I know what's going on here but I'm no expert.

      The GOP kinda pulled the 67% out of their ass, claiming that a full third of people signing up for health care under ACA aren't paying premiums and thus the administration's numbers are inflated by 50%. It's their go-to ratio for unskewing.

      Charles Gaba called them on it, and he did some math to show their own numbers don't add up. According to the GOP, only 67% of the signups through the federal exchanges paid up and that would mean 2.4 million actual new insured. But if you do the math, that would mean only 3.6 million signed up under the federal exchanges, out of like 8 million total, which is crazy.

      Sabrina Siddiqui -- a Democrat -- pointed out the GOP committee really did mean 67% of 3.6 million, just as Gaba's basic math showed. But the actual number of signups was 5.4 million per HHS. Not only is their ratio low, their starting point was low, too.

      Eric Cantor jumps in, Aha, see, 3.6 million is 67% of 5.4 million, our ratio was right.

      It kinda makes it seem like the Republicans took a number like 5.4 million, multiplied it by 67% and concluded the real number of new insured people is 3.6 million. And then got confused and took that 3.6 million, multiplied it again by 67% and said, the number of new insured is 2.4 million.

      (Not everybody who signs up will pay up, but the number of followthrough will be closer to 90% than 67%. 90% of 5.4 million is twice the 67% of 3.6 million the GOP has been claiming.)

      •  Bingo !! (0+ / 0-)

        And Limbaugh will quote the lie for 3 years. While GOPer candidates will quote it for a decade.

        They don't give a shxt that it's a lie.

        "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Paul "False Prophet" Ryan von Koch

        by waterstreet2013 on Thu May 01, 2014 at 03:22:44 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site