Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) ripped the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Thursday, arguing the estimate that 22 million more people would be left uninsured over the next decade by a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare is a "bogus" number.
Speaking to reporters at an event at a New Balance factory in Lawrence, Mass., the GOP leader said the CBO's estimate simply means that many Americans would no longer buy health insurance because the government would no longer be forcing them to purchase insurance.
"I think that's kind of a bogus number," Ryan said. "What they're basically saying is people will choose not to buy something that they don't want to buy if they don't have to buy it."
"The government is forcing people to buy something they don't want. And so if we stop forcing people to do something they don't want to do, they won't do it," Ryan explained.
"I really don't see that as a credible number."
The CBO scored the most recent version of the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Because the bill keeps two of ObamaCare's taxes, the CBO estimated the legislation would also reduce the deficit by about $420 billion by 2026.