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Pelosi Whipping House Health Care Plan--Including Robust Public Option

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The House bill now chimes in well below $900 billion--President Obama's red line--and is deficit neutral over a 10 year window. Still unclear is whether, like the Senate Finance Committee plan, the plan reduces the deficit in the long term, but those details will hopefully be available soon. The Finance package includes an excise tax on so-called Cadillac health insurance policies, which does a good job at "bending the curve" of health care spending. But that financing plan is controversial with many Democrats and could be changed.

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