Thursday, April 30, 2009

Baucus Cites CBO Scoring Problem

CQ Health Day says the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is complaining that "health care reform is in jeopardy" unless he can convince the Congressional Budget office to to score savings in the health proposals he’s shown them.

Sen. Max Baucus Baucus, D-MT, said at a hearing Thursday that the legislation would be a tough sell to the public if lawmakers and congressional actuaries can’t deliver on one of President Obama’s key promises — that a health care overhaul would lower spending growth.

“The slight challenge we have is getting numbers and estimates from CBO,” Baucus said. “Otherwise, health care reform is in jeopardy.”


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