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Did Democrats game the CBO process to get phony numbers on healthcare reform? Here’s what CBO director Doug Elmendorf has to say:

I am very comfortable with the numbers we released. There are a number of people who expressed concern that we were being gamed. And I worried about that throughout the year. But I don’t think we were gamed — or at least not in the sense that people seemed to be using that word.

Now, I suppose it’s no surprise that the CBO director thinks the CBO did a good job. Still, he says that his office was keenly aware of the possibility of being gamed and he doesn’t think it happened. And he’s a pretty well respected guy. So to those who continue to claim that the process was fraudulent in some way, I think the ball is back in your court.

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