Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

House Health Bill Numbers Should Come Out Today

House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi will unveil legislation today for the latest House health care reform bill. While the score from the Congressional Budget Office is not yet public information, it should be available soon. For now, the following details have emerged about the House bill:

  • The measure will cost $894 billion over ten years
  • It will extend coverage to 36 million uninsured Americans
  • It requires employers to offer coverage to their workers
  • It will impose a surtax on the wealthiest Americans
  • It encourages greater use of preventive care, electronic records, and research on effectiveness
  • It will likely include a version of the public option preferred by moderates
  • It may raise Medicaid eligibility levels to 150 percent of the Federal Poverty level
  • It implements cost savings to Medicare and Medicaid that would save about $500 billion over ten years

Apparently, House leaders were able to lower the overall price tag of the legislation in part by expanding Medicaid coverage, which is more cost-effective than offering subsidies for private insurance policies.