CBO Estimates The House Bills: 95%+ Covered, About $900 Billion, And Public Plans
Lori Montgomery reports that the House has gotten its new CBO scores, and they look pretty good: $905 billion for the more generous package that also includes the strongest public plan, and $859 billion for the less generous package that carries the weaker public plan. Both bills push total coverage up above 95 percent of legal residents, which is to say, above the mark hit by the Senate Finance Committee's bill.
It's a bit hard to say anything more about the bills until the new scores are actually released. In general, the stronger public plan saves money, but Montgomery reports that the plan containing it also has more generous insurance requirements, more subsidies for private health insurance, and fewer people on Medicaid, which is presumably why it's pricier. We'll know more when the details become public.
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