July 16, 2009

FIRST, DO NO HARM:

CBO Chief: Health Bills To Increase Federal Costs (David Clarke and Edward Epstein, 7/16/09, CQ)

The health care overhauls released to date would increase, not reduce, the burgeoning long-term health costs facing the government, Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf said Thursday. [...]

The Democrats and President Obama have cited two goals in their overhaul proposals β€” expanding coverage to the estimated 47 million Americans who currently lack it and bringing down long-term costs because the growth in Medicare and Medicaid spending threatens to swamp the federal budget in coming years.

Under questioning from Chairman Kent Conrad , D-N.D., Elmendorf told the Senate Budget Committee that the congressional proposals released so far do not meet that second test.

β€œIn the legislation that has been reported, we do not see the sort of fundamental changes that would be necessary to reduce the trajectory of federal health spending by a significant amount and, on the contrary, the legislation significantly expands the federal responsibility for health care costs,” he said.


The Democrats, making a bad system worse.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 16, 2009 12:02 PM
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