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Primary Documents: The Congressional Budget Office's Score of the HELP Bill

You want the document? CBO_HELP_Title_I_07-01.pdf What you're seeing there are the tables the CBO gave to the HELP Committee estimating the impact of various parts of their bill on various parts of the health system for each year between 2010 and 2019.

A few things worth noting: Medicaid is basically static because only the Senate Finance Committee can make changes to Medicaid law. Which they're planning to do. So ignore that row. I've also heard some confusion over the number of new lives covered. The CBO score says that the HELP bill will cover 21 million more people. But in 2019, CBO estimates that we'll have 34 million uninsured, which suggests we've only covered 15 million of the 49 million uninsured we have today.

The issue is that in 2019, CBO estimates that without this bill, the population of uninsured will be much larger: 54 million, to be exact. So it's really 54 minus 34. Which would appear to be 20, rather than 21, so my assumption is that there's some rounding happening here. And remember: We expect the Medicaid expansion to cover another 20 million or so people. So we're really looking at extending health-care coverage to 40 million or so.

By Ezra Klein  |  July 2, 2009; 11:55 AM ET
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IF SENATOR KENNEDY AND REP. WAXMAN WERE FORCED INTO THE PROPOSED “PUBLIC OPTION” THEY WOULD NOT GET ANY TREATMENT FOR THEIR ILLNESS OR CANCER YET PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO FORCE THEIR PLAN ON EVERYONE ELSE EVEN THOUGH THEY WOULD BE EXEMPT FROM IT. HAVE THEY NO HEART?

I understand that the man behind President Obama's health care proposals, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, does not believe in providing care to the disabled and elderly. Under President Obama’s and the Democrat's proposal, the brunt of any health care cuts used to help fund President Obama’s Health care Reform will be borne by the elderly and disabled. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel’s published works, advocates that anyone over 65 or anyone with a serious illness better "run for the hills". Euthanasia, End of Human Life, fits right in with Obama's desire to cut back on Medicare. Better say bye bye to the elderly and disabled as they their care will be drastically cut if President Obama and his main health care advocate, Dr. Esekiel Emauel get their way.

If Senator Dodd the other Democrats thinks the public option is so great, they should mandate that Senator Kennedy, Rep. Waxman and all the other politicians and bureaucrats in Washington are forced into being covered under the plan like everyone else. It is unacceptable to force people into a public insurance plan against their will, force private plans out of business because they cannot compete with a government favored "public option" , force small businesses to lay off more people because they cannot afford the 750/employee in additional taxes, and force cuts to health care for the elderly and disabled.

Anyone that supports this is cold blooded and heartless and does not care about the severe financial strain this plan will be to already barely surviving small businesses who provide most of the jobs in the economy. Do the Democrats really want unemployment to rise even higher? Anyone who supports President Obama's health care plan must have a death wish for the economy because it will tank even further if small businesses are forced to pay for the "public option".

Contact your rep. and do everything in your power to oppose this heartless and cruel plan that will hurt the most vulnerable in our society. And for what? So 80% of the people who like their private insurance are forced into the "public plan" ( and the Democrats are lying if they say otherwise) and people who don’t even want to be covered and can afford it, are forced into a public plan they don’t even want or need? This is pure insanity.

Posted by: dhobi2361 | July 3, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

The comment by poster dhobi2361 appears to be fact free Rush Limbaugh/O'Reilly/Fox News nonsense. No one is forced into the public plan option. Indeed you can not get the public plan option in most cases. The reform helps small businesses compete, and helps our domestic industries compete against industries that lack a health cost because their country has a single payer plan. Indeed it is single payer that should be on the table if we want true reform. I wonder what the liars of Fox News and company and friends like Rush would say if we were to adopt single payer for basic medical needs, with gold plated coverage available to those that bought insurance company supplemental policies. Guess poster dhobi2361 wants our current health care rationing to continue - rationing by wealth and the luck of employer choice. Did anyone mention we have nearly the worst health care for the general population in terms of outcomes like life expectancy of the top 40 industrial nations - at a cost that is twice the cost per person in the top 15 such nations. We need to spend still more money to stop the growth rate of medical costs in the US - and to just get to even with the rest of the world that has single payer. Amazing what we are welling to pay is cash and poor health in order to avoid single payer and in order to keep senior insurance executives and investors happy.

Posted by: papau | July 3, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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