House Health Care Reform Adds $89 Billion to Debt When Medicare Adjustments Are Considered, Says CBO

  • Christopher Neefus -
  • Nov 23, 2009

( – While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has repeatedly said that health care reform would be deficit neutral, the House of Representatives passed an additional Medicare reform bill last week that would interact with the previously passed health care bill (H.R. 3962) to add $89 billion to budget deficits in the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
H.R. 3961, the Medicare Physicians Payment Rates Reform Act of 2009, is referred to as the “doc fix,” and is characterized on Pelosi’s Web site as “companion legislation” to the larger health care bill. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) calls it a “fiscal shell game.”

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