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Dems to Address Cost of Health Care Reform Bill

Democratic leaders in the House are holding a press conference shortly on their sweeping $1.2 trillion proposal to revamp the nation’s health care system. As

Elisa Mueller
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jul 17, 2009

Democratic leaders in the House are holding a press conference shortly on their sweeping $1.2 trillion proposal to revamp the nation’s health care system. As Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) might say: They have some ’splainin’ to do.

That’s because of damning testimony given yesterday by Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, which is charged with estimating the costs associated with legislative proposals. Regarding the Democrats’ health reform plans, Elmendorf told the Senate Budget Committee Thursday that their strategy would increase, rather than control, the long-term trajectory of health care costs that threatens to swallow the country’s economy.

“The curve is being raised,” he testified.

Republicans, already harshly critical of the Democrats’ proposals, pounced on the news.

Not that it’s slowed the process just yet. Indeed, the House Ways & Means Committee passed its portion of the House bill early this morning. Still, it’ll be interesting to see how Democrats will defend their proposal’s capacity to rein in health care spending in the wake of Elmendorf’s testimony.

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Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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