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CBO Says House Health Care Bill Is Deficit Reducer In Near And Long Term


The Senate Finance Committee's health care bill was, likewise, a deficit reducer. But though it was projected to save less money in the first 10 years than is the House bill, those savings were projected to accelerate fairly rapidly in the second decade. The House's are projected to accelerate more slowly.

For political purposes, though, the key for Democrats is to put together a bill that isn't expected to blow up the deficit after a decade. It looks very much like both chambers will be able to accomplish that.

Where the House bill clearly outstrips the Senate Finance Committee's bill is in its projected coverage expansions. CBO projects that the House bill will bring insurance to 36 million more Americans, leaving 18 million people under the age of 65--and 12 million citizens--without health care. That's millions more than the Senate Finance Committee's bill. According to CBO, "the share of legal nonelderly residents with insurance coverage would rise from about 83 percent currently to about 96 percent."

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at