From the New York Times. Saturday March 13:
“In an updated report, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that the Senate-passed bill would spend $875 billion to provide coverage for 31 million uninsured people over the next 10 years. The cost, it said, would be more than offset by new taxes and fees and by cutbacks in Medicare, so the bill would reduce budget deficits by a total of $118 billion over 10 years.
Moreover, the budget office said, in the decade after 2019, the bill would tend to reduce the “federal budgetary commitment to health care,” which reflects the cost of health programs and tax breaks for health care.”
New taxes and fees, cutbacks in Medicare, reduced federal budgetary commitment, does that sound like we are reforming health care or controlling costs?
Don’t mistake Washington budget gimmicks for managing your costs for health care.