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    The Senate Health Bill: True Cost is $4.9 Trillion

    As we mentioned this morning, nobody believes that Congress will follow through on the health care spending cuts used to help pay for the Reid Health Bill. At NRO, Ethics and Public Policy Center fellow James Capretta combs through the CBO report and delivers a true price tag for the … More

    The Senate Health Bill: Budget Gimmicks Galore

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled his 2,074 page health care bill with claims that the massive measure falls under the $900 billion cost threshold promised by the President. To put it charitably, the truth is more complicated. The bill depends on budget gimmicks and unrealistic assumptions and projected savings … More

    The Senate Health Bill: Higher Taxes from Harry Reid

    In order to pay for a massive health care bill (H.R. 3590), Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) creates a host of new taxes. These taxes will total $370.2 billion in the next ten years, and many of the taxes will start being collected in 2010, even as the economy continues … More

    Higher Medicare Tax Latest Proposal to Fund Health Care Takeover

    The latest proposal to pay for a government takeover of the health care system is to increase the Medicare tax for those that earn more than $250,000 a year. This latest proposed tax hike shows Congress is desperate to find more revenue to pay for its excessively expensive health care … More

    Washington Post on Obamacare: A $300 Billion Deception

    The Editorial Board of the Washington Post called out the Senate for trying to hide the true cost of Obamacare. Now they say the House “plays make-believe, but the bill to taxpayers is real.” Read the whole thing: HAVING PASSED a health reform bill that is, at least theoretically, paid … More

    The House Cloakroom: Nov. 16 – 20

    Analysis – With the first half of the health care bill now passed out of the House the Speaker now pivots to the second half of the health care bill commonly referred to as the “doc fix.” The “doc fix” refers to the undoing of the flawed Medicare payment update … More

    "Fix The Docs" Without Driving Up The Deficit

    Congress and the Administration are breaking records. They just piled up a deficit of over $1.4 trillion in 2009 alone. Needless to say moderates and fiscal conservatives in both political parties have cause for very bad night’s sleep. The Doc Mess. The latest chapter in this crazy drama is to … More

    Why Believe New Promise When Congress Breaks Old Promise?

    Congress wants America to believe its new promises to control spending even as it reneges on its old promises and spends more than ever. The “new” promise within health care reform bills is to reduce Medicare spending by hundreds of billions of dollars. Yet simultaneously, Congress is reversing 1997 legislation … More

    Promised Health Care Savings: Don't Bet On Medicare Cuts

    Forget the President’s rhetoric about bending the health care cost curve. The House of Representatives will soon vote on legislation (H.R. 3961) that effectively repeals the cost control mechanism included in the Medicare physician payment update formula back in 1997. Passage of H.R. 3961 would add another $210 billion to … More

    Next Week's House Health Care Shell Game

    Next week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to take up a bill (H.R. 3961) which would enact a permanent “fix” to the unquestionably flawed Medicare physician payment update formula. The Congress created a formula for physician Medicare payment that would automatically cut doctor payments, but has routinely acted to … More