Actual Cost of the Senate Health Bill: $1.6 Trillion, Not $848 Billion

This is from Joe Antos (AEI):

  • The total amount of new federal health spending in the bill in addition to the cost of expanding health insurance coverage is $1.2 trillion.
  • The CBO estimate assumes that Congress will cut Medicare payments to physicians by $245 billion over the next decade — cuts that will never happen.
  • The bill includes at least an additional $150 billion cut in payments to Medicare and Medicaid providers that will never occur.

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  1. Bret says:

    This means the real cost is double what we have been told.

  2. Tom H. says:

    No surprise. I’m surprised, however, that anyone else is surprised.