Saturday, March 20, 2010

Color Me Red

About that health reform bill. The one that is supposed to be deficit neutral. The CBO says the "doc fix" to correct the cuts in Medicare put reform in the red.

The Congressional Budget Office said Friday that rolling back a programmed cut in Medicare fees to doctors would cost $208 billion over 10 years. If added back to the health care overhaul bill, it would wipe out all the deficit reduction, leaving the legislation $59 billion in the red.

The so-called doc fix was part of the original House bill. Because of its high cost, Democrats decided to pursue it separately. Republicans say the cost should not be ignored. Congress has usually waived the cuts to doctors year by year.

Like no one saw this one coming . . .
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