Under normal circumstances the liar is defeated by reality, for which there is no substitute; no matter how large the issue of falsehood that an experienced liar has to offer, it will never be large enough, even if he enlists the help of computers, to cover the immensity of factuality. The liar, who may get away with any number of single falsehoods, finds it impossible to get away with lying on principle,This is one of the lessons that could be learned from the totalitarian experiments and the totalitarian rulers' frightening confidence in the power of lying -- in their ability, for instance, to rewrite history again and again to adapt the past to the "political line" of the present moment or to eliminate data that did not fit their ideology. Thus, in a socialist economy, they would deny that unemployment existed, the unemployed person simply becoming a nonperson...Hannah Arendt, "Lying in Politics," in Crises of the Republic, 1969; p. 7.
Nonpersons like the majority of voters who voted against Trump in the presidential election? Or the 14 million fewer with medical insurance by 2018, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office? Or the press? Undocumented immigrants?-- blj
Trump official slams CBO score: It's 'just not believable'
The Trump administration on Monday slammed the Congressional Budget Office's projection that millions of people would lose their health insurance under the Republicans' plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
"We disagree strenuously with the report that was put out," Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told reporters at the White House.
Price said the report, released Monday afternoon, does not take into account the entirety of the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.
The long-awaited report has roiled the debate over the Republicans' push to overhaul the healthcare system. The plan has already faced opposition from conservatives who say the bill doesn't go far enough, while more moderate Republicans have expressed concern about the bill's defunding of Planned Parenthood and the rollback of expanded Medicaid access.
The nonpartisan budget office's report estimates that 14 million would lose health insurance by next year, with the number rising to 24 million in a decade.
Of the 14 million figure, Price said that "it's virtually impossible to have that number occur."
"It's just not believable, is what we would suggest," he added.