Why is the CBO Analysis Different
Editor’s note: You need to look at the political positions of the authors of the following report and the previous position papers they have published for the answer. CBO is the recognized INDEPENDENT body to analyze congressional legislation. Furthermore, the Commonwealth Fund has taken specific partisan positions regarding health reform. They are also proponents of the WHO quality analysis that has been questioned in many quarters.
The health reform bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and under consideration in the Senate introduce a range of payment and delivery system changes designed to achieve a significant slowing of health care cost growth. Most assessments of health reform legislation have focused only on the federal budgetary impact. This study projects the effect of national reform on total national health expenditures and the insurance premiums that American families would likely pay. We estimate that the combination of provisions in the House and Senate bills would save $683 billion or more in national health spending over the 10-year period 2010–2019 and lower premiums by nearly $2,000 per family. Moreover, the annual growth rate in national health expenditures could be slowed from 6.4 percent to 6.0 percent.
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