Healthcare Reform Problematic for Congressional Budget Office

The Congressional Budget Office is trying to deal with the aftermath of healthcare reform.


Republican opposition to President Obama’s healthcare reform plan, and the still-developing regulations for the sprawling legislation, are choking the Congressional Budget Office. The reason: As CBO’s team of analysts starves from inadequate funding and a hiring freeze, GOP members are demanding economic impact reports on the healthcare plan. What’s more, the plan itself demands regular labor-intensive cost reviews. The healthcare tsunami, says a CBO official, “has abated only a little” since the law was passed.

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