Let's be honest, shall we?
It seems the Congressional Budget Office's prediction of the cost of the Baucus bill, some $829 billion dollars, was only achieved by removing Congress's pledge to abolish the "sustainable growth rate" adjustment for physician pay, saving the bill some $200-240 billion dollars in costs over 10 years. Instead, this portion of the health care legislation was carved out and placed under a separate bill, S. 1776 as an "accounting trick."
Lord knows how many other pieces of legislation have been similarly extracted from the original health reform bill for budgetary expediency.
Interesting that the press never seems to mention this.
So, by my most optimistic calculations so far, the Health Care Reform package will cost U.S. taxpayers about $829 Billion (Baucus Bill) + $200 Billion (S. 1776) = $1.03 Trillion.
Does anyone else know of other legislation similarly created to "balance" the reform budget?