Will a Healthcare Reform Bill Be Deficit Neutral?

Is the proposed bill really as cost-effective as the Congressional Budget Office reports?


Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office announced that the proposed healthcare bill backed by Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus will meet President Obama's cost requirements, not adding "one dime to the deficit." The bill, which according to budget office analysis will cost $829 billion to implement, would cover 29 million uninsured Americans by 2019. The New York Times reports that Republicans who oppose the bill are skeptical of the numbers and worry that the bill won't be worth the potential costs. What do you think? How would the proposed plan affect the national deficit? Take our poll and post your thoughts below.

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