CBO: New 10-year projected cost of ObamaCare is … $1.76 trillion

posted at 6:48 pm on March 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Philip Klein. The original 10-year price tag, the one that made it “safe” (but not really safe) for Democrats to drop this fiscal atomic bomb, was $940 billion. What happened, you ask? Well, see for yourself:

Remember, they gamed this thing so that it wouldn’t take effect until 2014, which means that the cost of the first four years of implementation was essentially zero. That $940 billion figure really represented just six years of cost, not 10, but it was politically invaluable to Democratic messaging in letting them tout the bill as costing less than a trillion dollars. Now that we’re nearing 2014 and the 10-year window of cost projections has slid forward, you can see what this leviathan boondoggle really costs: $1.76 trillion, soon to top $2 trillion when the window slides forward another year in 2013 and the new projection reaches into 2023.

But wait. More good news:

President Obama’s healthcare reform law coverage provisons will cost less but cover fewer people than first thought, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

The revised estimate of the law’s coverage provisions shows about 2 million fewer people gaining coverage by 2016, reducing the number of uninsured Americans by 30 million instead of the 32 million projected a year ago. That would leave about 27 million people uninsured in 2016, two years after the law’s insurance exchanges go online.

Four million Americans can expect to lose their employer-provided healthcare by 2016, according to the revised figures, far more than the 1 million people estimated last year. And 1 million to 2 million fewer people will gain access to the law’s subsidized exchanges than first thought, while an extra 1 million are expected to qualify for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Provision (CHIP).

Thanks to the economy, we’re going to end up with a lot fewer people getting health insurance through the workplace than previously estimated and a lot more people getting it through Medicaid, which, as Klein notes, inches us a little closer to that government takeover of health care that the left insists is a conservative myth. In fact, the only “good news” here is that projected revenue from penalties imposed on employers and the uninsured is up slightly, which means the net cost of O-Care has dropped by $48 billion to a cool $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. But don’t worry: We’re going to pay for that with cuts to Medicare and other stuff that’ll never, ever, ever, ever, ever happen in the real world. He’ll figure it out in his second term. Stay tuned.


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And in two years the price tag will really be $3 trillion. We are not surprised by this.

nazo311 on March 13, 2012 at 6:50 PM

free healthcare – now more afforable than ever!

Jeddite on March 13, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Obama’s picture s/b next to the word in the dictionary.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 6:52 PM

People who use math are obviously racist.

tetriskid on March 13, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Meanwhile………………….

US federal deficit estimate for 2012 hiked to $1.2T

Submitted 3 hours ago by editor
http://www.breakingnews.com/
============================

canopfor on March 13, 2012 at 6:53 PM

The word is “fraud”.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Where is the Primary thread?!?!

Swerve22 on March 13, 2012 at 6:54 PM

The jobs will certainly never come back, but we will have shoddy health-care at least.

rickv404 on March 13, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Ms. Fluke’s Pimp

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 6:55 PM

See that’s why strechy-face wanted to pass the law…now we little people can find out what’s in it

burrata on March 13, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I predict a conspicuous lack of lib trolls on this thread.

Kataklysmic on March 13, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Four million Americans can expect to lose their employer-provided healthcare by 2016, according to the revised figures, far more than the 1 million people estimated last year.

“I’ve also pledged that health insurance reform will not add towards the deficit over the next decade and I mean it”

“If you like your current insurance you will keep your current insurance. No government takeover. Nobody’s changing what you’ve got if you’re happy with it.”

Wigglesworth on March 13, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Too bad this isn’t an election year…

… or else someone could use this as a devastating ad against Obowma, the Democrats on whole, and their failed policies.

What? … Oh.

/

Seven Percent Solution on March 13, 2012 at 6:56 PM

It’s free! Who cares!!!

SouthernGent on March 13, 2012 at 6:57 PM

The revised estimate of the law’s coverage provisions shows about 2 million fewer people gaining coverage by 2016, reducing the number of uninsured Americans by 30 million instead of the 32 million projected a year ago. That would leave about 27 million people uninsured in 2016, two years after the law’s insurance exchanges go online.

And to think that the originally stated goal of all this was to leave no one uninsured. In the dictionary, the definition of “fraud” is “ObamaCare”.

Bitter Clinger on March 13, 2012 at 6:58 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zwHCx54mIM

islandman78 on March 13, 2012 at 6:58 PM

“I think RomneyCare would be a good model to base a Federal Mandated Healthcare system off of.”

-Governor Mitt Romney

portlandon on March 13, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Surprise. I remember how they had to keep the cost under 1 trillion. We knew then it was all smoke and mirrors. If I wasn’t a Christian Woman I would say that I would like to shove that giant gavel Nancy Pelosi was waving in our faces and put it where the sun don’t shine.Oh, I guess I did say it…

sandee on March 13, 2012 at 6:59 PM

portlandon on March 13, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Makes sense, actually.

Romney asks the Feds to pay for Romneycare.
Obama asks China to pay for Obamacare.

lorien1973 on March 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Too bad we’re about to nominate the architect to run against Barry.

ElectricPhase on March 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

“Won’t add one penny to our deficit.” – Lying Liar

RedNewEnglander on March 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

“I love numbers. They’re so precise.” – Nancy Pelosi

Turns out, not so much.

JohnInCA on March 13, 2012 at 7:01 PM

If you like your health care provider, you can keep it….This will reduce the defecit…cost less than a trillion…What’s worse, that BHO is a liar or that we are dumb enough to buy it? This what happend when about half of America votes for a living. Obama fatigue..feeling it?

StevC on March 13, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Hey, but free condoms . . . right??

TarheelBen on March 13, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Single Payer is the only goal.

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 7:03 PM

I’m sure the moronic liberals populating the palin thread like flies on shit will be bursting in any minute now to talk about these budget-busting numbers.

RepubChica on March 13, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Too bad we’re about to nominate the architect to run against Barry.

ElectricPhase on March 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Better get as healthy as possible before it goes into effect. Because it doesn’t sound like Romabacare is going away any time soon no matter which of them wins it.

BakerAllie on March 13, 2012 at 7:03 PM

…and Romney wants to ‘keep the good parts’ . . .what a disaster . . .DUMP ROMNEY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pragmatic on March 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

The media is already reporting this as good news.

Cost of Obamacare reduced.

forest on March 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Me thinks I’m going to learn to barn raise, move to PA, change me religion from Catholic, and officially become one of the Amish….that is, if they don’t raze the price of bottled gas to some outlandish figure and steal me seeds

skeeterbite on March 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Name me two quotes that say the same thing:

‘We have to pass the bill, so you can see what is in it’ – San Fran Nan

‘Stupid is as stupid does’ – Forest Gump

Who would you rather see as SOTH?

NeoDawg on March 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

I’m just shocked I say – shocked that libs would LIE to us to justify their power grab – SHOCKED!!!

dentarthurdent on March 13, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Soon to be revised down… and not reported on hotgas aka Obama’s bad news agency

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM

“I think RomneyCare would be a good model to base a Federal Mandated Healthcare system off of.”

-Governor Mitt Romney

portlandon on March 13, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Makes sense, actually.

Romney asks the Feds to pay for Romneycare.
Obama asks China to pay for Obamacare.

lorien1973 on March 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I still can’t believe the GOP is about to nominate this guy. It’s really quite astonishing.

Just Sayin on March 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM

The media is already reporting this as good news.

Cost of Obamacare reduced.

forest on March 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

f you like your old CBO scoring, you can keep your old CBO scoring.

de rigueur on March 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Now you know what “fundamental transformation” looks like.

NickelAndDime on March 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM

The worst part is that, in ten years, your health system will be reduced to no better than the UK.

How many beds will there be, in how large a mixed-gender ward?
How many expensive machines will be replaced as thy wear out?
Where will new hospitals be placed – where they are needed, or where some politician can gain re-election?

Worst of all, is the possible flight of your best medicos to more lucrative shores, forcing the import of second-raters.

OldEnglish on March 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Who would you rather see as SOTH?

NeoDawg on March 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

At least one person thinks we’ve already made that choice.

ElectricPhase on March 13, 2012 at 7:09 PM

If you think health care is expensive now, just wait till it’s free.

Left Coast Right Mind on March 13, 2012 at 7:10 PM

crickets continue to chirp

hey let’s talk about rush one more time with fluke

cmsinaz on March 13, 2012 at 7:12 PM

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM

So how about it? You want to use any of the bumper sticker art I mentioned to you on the other thread. Its quality stuff.

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 7:12 PM

So we print $5 tillion instead of $3 trillion, what’s the diff? You guy’s are really nitpicking this.

rik on March 13, 2012 at 7:12 PM

He’ll figure it out in his second term. Stay tuned.

Yeah, he’ll figure it all out about the time hell freezes over.

GarandFan on March 13, 2012 at 7:12 PM

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Oh yeah and I forgot one that will come in real handy for you. APOLOGIST, remember the O’s are 0′s logo.

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Let’s all hope the Supreme Court has a better idea on how to put an end this nightmare.

Rovin on March 13, 2012 at 7:14 PM

The House only passed the Senate Obamacare Bill becuase a second bill with the “fixes” the House wanted would be passed by the Senate using the “budget reconciliation” process (the “Byrd rule”).

First, the author of the “Byrd rule”, Senator Robert Byrd, had this to say about using the Byrd rule to pass massive healthcare changes.

Second, if Obamacare costs $1.76 trillion, instead of SAVING money, then it should never have been passed with the the “Byrd rule”, which is reserved for things that SAVE money.

The Democrats have lied, cheated, and broken the rules every step of the way to get Obamacare passed and implemented.

ITguy on March 13, 2012 at 7:14 PM

ROTFLMAO… When contemplating the cost of ObamaCare, remember, it was calculated using the same calculations as California’s High Speed Rail Project. $1.76 trillion is only the FIRST cost revision statement… Using the California High Speed Rail Project as a base indicator of how far off the cost will be you can realistically project that Obamacare will cost somewhere north of $45 Trillion over the next 10 years.

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 7:14 PM

“I think RomneyCare would be a good model to base a Federal Mandated Healthcare system off of.”

-Governor Mitt Romney

portlandon on March 13, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Makes sense, actually.

Romney asks the Feds to pay for Romneycare.
Obama asks China to pay for Obamacare.

lorien1973 on March 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I still can’t believe the GOP is about to nominate this guy. It’s really quite astonishing.

Just Sayin on March 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Its the biggest blunder I’ve ever seen.

The one political accomplishment that Obama can claim to have is ObamaCare. It is radioactive to the democrats. It helped to push the biggest Red wave into congress in generations.

So what do we do? We are on the cusp of nominating the Republican who passed the exact same legislation as Governor.

Therefore we take away one of the biggest clusters of ammo we have against Obama, because everytime Mitt or Republicans want to hammer Obama on it, all Barry has to do is say “I based it upon Mitt’s healthcare plan.”

It’s the most self destructive GOP I have ever seen.

portlandon on March 13, 2012 at 7:15 PM

If you think health care poontang is expensive now, just wait till it’s free.

Left Coast Right Mind on March 13, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Now that’s real!!

rik on March 13, 2012 at 7:15 PM

…and Romney wants to ‘keep the good parts’ . . .what a disaster . . .DUMP ROMNEY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pragmatic on March 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Romney has said publicly at least 200 times I’d wager that he’s going to repeal obamacare in full. Get a life.

Swerve22 on March 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM

hey let’s talk about rush one more time with fluke

cmsinaz on March 13, 2012 at 7:12 PM

What’s the fluking rush?

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Romney has said publicly at least 200 times I’d wager that he’s going to repeal obamacare in full. Get a life.

Swerve22 on March 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM

And we should believe him…. WHY????

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 7:17 PM

“I think RomneyCare would be a good model to base a Federal Mandated Healthcare system off of.”

-Governor Mitt Romney

DUMP MITT NOW (MORE THAN EVER)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pragmatic on March 13, 2012 at 7:18 PM

And we should believe him…. WHY????

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Because he’s severely conservative…or something.

Left Coast Right Mind on March 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM

…and Romney wants to ‘keep the good parts’ . . .what a disaster . . .DUMP ROMNEY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pragmatic on March 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM
Romney has said publicly at least 200 times I’d wager that he’s going to repeal obamacare in full. Get a life.

Swerve22 on March 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM

And anyone who believes that lying pacifist demoncRAT Milquetoast Romney is a pure unadulterated FOOL!!

DUMP MITT NOW (MORE THAN EVER))!!!!!!

Pragmatic on March 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM

hey let’s talk about rush one more time with fluke

cmsinaz on March 13, 2012 at 7:12 PM

What’s the fluking rush?

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I’m not sure $1.76 trillion will be enough to cover all that fluking.

ElectricPhase on March 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Therefore we take away one of the biggest clusters of ammo we have against Obama, because everytime Mitt or Republicans want to hammer Obama on it, all Barry has to do is say “I based it upon Mitt’s healthcare plan.”

It’s the most self destructive GOP I have ever seen.

portlandon on March 13, 2012 at 7:15 PM

All the ridiculous, sky-is-falling hyperbole aside (most self destructive GOP ever!!111!!), why would Obama do that? It’s his signature “achievement”…he’s not going to credit a Republican with that, because it takes it off the table for him as well. What is the man going to run on, besides that? Keeping gas prices below 6$, or unemployment below 10%? Not likely.

changer1701 on March 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

DUMP MITT! DUMPT MITT! DUMP MITT!

DUMP MITT! DUMPT MITT! DUMP MITT!

Pragmatic on March 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Solid B+ for fraud that is. See 0bama is good at lying and stealing, anything else not so much.

jukin3 on March 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Pragmatic on March 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Stick to decaf, eh?

changer1701 on March 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM

…Where will new hospitals be placed – where they are needed, or where some politician can gain re-election?


OldEnglish on March 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM

After they shutter the Catholic Charities hospitals and seize the land by eminent domain the Federal Government hospitals will open. Obamacare also mandates the discontinuation of the DSH system so currently run state/county hospitals will be entirely paid for by that state – No way the hospitals in California, NY or Detroit can afford to pay without the DSH pool, so those county hospitals will shut down too.

Federal takeover of the hospital system. Federal employees.

“All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state. “

batterup on March 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

He’ll figure it out in his second term.

I’d say he has it pretty well figured out already. To him it’s a feature, not a bug.

jnelchef on March 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Romney has said publicly at least 200 times I’d wager that he’s going to repeal obamacare in full. Get a life.

Swerve22 on March 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM

You believe what Romney says?

Bwaa haa haa!

Romney’s said many things that contradict themselves.

Romney’s words have NO credibility.

portlandon on March 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Therefore we take away one of the biggest clusters of ammo we have

against Obama, because everytime Mitt or Republicans want to hammer Obama on it, all Barry has to do is say “I based it upon Mitt’s healthcare plan.”

It’s the most self destructive GOP I have ever seen.

portlandon on March 13, 2012 at 7:15 PM
All the ridiculous, sky-is-falling hyperbole aside (most self destructive GOP ever!!111!!), why would Obama do that? It’s his signature “achievement”…he’s not going to credit a Republican with that, because it takes it off the table for him as well. What is the man going to run on, besides that? Keeping gas prices below 6$, or unemployment below 10%? Not likely.

changer1701 on March 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Obama won’t have to ‘bring it up’ . . .it’s obvious . . .so why should the general public pick Mitt????? Why? What are the pluses?? Pray tell? OBAMNEYCARE is the big dumb elephant (GOP) in the the room!

Dump MITT NOW!

Pragmatic on March 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

WE all knew this would cost many millions if not trillions than projected. Obama is a fraud, we have to defeat him in November!

carolt2 on March 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM

OMG, this is appalling!!

Here’s my plan.

First, we nominate Mitt Romney.

Purple Fury on March 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM

All the ridiculous, sky-is-falling hyperbole aside (most self destructive GOP ever!!111!!), why would Obama do that? It’s his signature “achievement”…he’s not going to credit a Republican with that, because it takes it off the table for him as well. What is the man going to run on, besides that? Keeping gas prices below 6$, or unemployment below 10%? Not likely.

changer1701 on March 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

That is the exact Reason why Romney refuses to apologize for RomneyCare. Mitt has lauded it as “My greatest achievement”, and “What I want to be remembered for”.

Mitt and Obama have a lot in common.

portlandon on March 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM

OMG, this is appalling!!

Here’s my plan.

First, we nominate Mitt Romney.

Purple Fury on March 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM

. . . laughable isn’t it?!

Pragmatic on March 13, 2012 at 7:27 PM

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM

heh :)

cmsinaz on March 13, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Obama won’t have to ‘bring it up’ . . .it’s obvious . . .so why should the general public pick Mitt????? Why? What are the pluses?? Pray tell? OBAMNEYCARE is the big dumb elephant (GOP) in the the room!

Dump MITT NOW!

Pragmatic on March 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Seriously…decaf. I say again, what else is Obama going to run on? And if he runs on it, it’d be pretty stupid for him to credit Mitt with it. And if he does, Romney can pivot to the state-national argument and still point to costs and such for reasons why it should be repealed.

changer1701 on March 13, 2012 at 7:32 PM

All the ridiculous, sky-is-falling hyperbole aside (most self destructive GOP ever!!111!!), why would Obama do that? It’s his signature “achievement”…he’s not going to credit a Republican with that, because it takes it off the table for him as well. What is the man going to run on, besides that? Keeping gas prices below 6$, or unemployment below 10%? Not likely.

changer1701 on March 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Whaddya mean he’s not going to? He already has:

“You’ve got a governor who’s running for president right now who instituted the exact same thing in Massachusetts. This used to be a Republican idea, by the way, this whole idea of the individual mandate, and suddenly, it’s like they got amnesia.” -B. Obama

ElectricPhase on March 13, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Federal takeover of the hospital system. Federal employees.

“All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state. “

batterup on March 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Going that way in Australia, too. Where will the innovation come from, then?

OldEnglish on March 13, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Swerve22 on March 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Yeah and he’s about as believable as the Flukin dims were when they passed the abortion called Obamacare. But then if you are naive enough to believe when a politician when they promise something I almost feel sorry for you, almost.

bbinfl on March 13, 2012 at 7:32 PM

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canopfor on March 13, 2012 at 7:34 PM

This is how the Democrats projected the ObamaCare spending numbers, set to real time.

portlandon on March 13, 2012 at 7:34 PM

If you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait until it is “free.”

Resist We Much on March 13, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Whatever it takes for 30 year old flukeheads to get free condoms.

Why do you people hate miniature ski masks?

Bishop on March 13, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Romney has said publicly at least 200 times I’d wager that he’s going to repeal obamacare in full. Get a life.

Swerve22 on March 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM

If I believed that I would be more inclined to vote for him. But I don’t.
We could literally be betting all of our lives on it.

BullShooterAsInElk on March 13, 2012 at 7:35 PM

We knew we were Fluked before any #’s came out ,and I’m
sure you all knew that also !

Lucano on March 13, 2012 at 7:35 PM

“I’ve also pledged that health insurance reform will not add towards the deficit over the next decade and I mean it”

“If you like your current insurance you will keep your current insurance. No government takeover. Nobody’s changing what you’ve got if you’re happy with it.”

Wigglesworth on March 13, 2012 at 6:56 PM

You forgot my favorite: Some people will see their health insurance premiums reduced by as much as 300%.

Lying liars and the lies they tell.

That Czech guy was right: This country could probably survive having an ignorant, duplicitious fool like Barry/Baraka Soetoro/Obama as president, but what we probably won’t survive is the confederacy of dunces who elected him their leader.

AZCoyote on March 13, 2012 at 7:35 PM

That’s a lot of birth control.

Go America!

Bishop on March 13, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I don’t think Mr. Obama and everyone else who pushed this bill really care what the actual costs are, just like they don’t care about the deficit and the debt. All that matters for them is that they have the power to do it. I suppose part of their rationale is that once the economy gets back to the good old bubble days –for reference, see Bubbles: Housing, Dot Com, Junk bonds, P/E Ratio, et al– we no longer have to worry about the spending because the economy will be roaring and growing to cover up the fiscal mayhem.

Weebork on March 13, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Whaddya mean he’s not going to? He already has:

“You’ve got a governor who’s running for president right now who instituted the exact same thing in Massachusetts. This used to be a Republican idea, by the way, this whole idea of the individual mandate, and suddenly, it’s like they got amnesia.” -B. Obama

ElectricPhase on March 13, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Well, he’s right about the mandate. But he’s not talking about ObamaCare as a whole. Again, what else is Obama running on? If you’re running on something, you cannot turn around and credit your opponent for it, because it takes it off the table for him too. ‘Hey, I extended health care coverage to all these people…thanks to Mitt.’ Really?

The other question mark is how the Supreme Court rules on it. IF they declare the mandate unconstitutional, Obama has more problems.

changer1701 on March 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM

“I’d like to thank Romneycare for being the template for Obamacare.” -President Obama

RedRobin145 on March 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM

We knew we were Fluked before any #’s came out ,and I’m
sure you all knew that also !

Lucano on March 13, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Nope. Fluking Ann Coulter thinks it will all work out fine, as long as it’s done at a state level.

ElectricPhase on March 13, 2012 at 7:40 PM

THAT is a lot of birth control.

Go United States!

Bishop on March 13, 2012 at 7:42 PM

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.

Good Lt on March 13, 2012 at 7:43 PM

You lie.

ironbill on March 13, 2012 at 7:44 PM

But, but, butt Nancy Pelosi is STILL reading it!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2012 at 7:46 PM

We will not steal from some lock box

tomas on March 13, 2012 at 7:47 PM

And in two years the price tag will really be $3 trillion. We are not surprised by this.

nazo311 on March 13, 2012 at 6:50 PM

I’ll see your 3T in two and raise ya 5T in four……….

dddave on March 13, 2012 at 7:47 PM

The other question mark is how the Supreme Court rules on it. IF they declare the mandate unconstitutional, Obama has more problems.

changer1701 on March 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM

To me, SCOTUS approving that the government can force you to purchase something simply by existing will be as damaging and consequential to the Republic as the Dred Scott ruling did right before the Civil War. I believe the danger is that great.

Weebork on March 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM

To respond to the topic of the thread, it doesn’t really matter what Obamacare costs, just as it doesn’t matter what the costs of Medicare, SS, and Medicaid. There will not be money for these programs. Our debt and deficit will be haunting us for a long time. The debt has to be dealt with, regardless of the political will to do something constructive about it. There will come a time when we all will deal with it, but by then it will be far too late to have any comfortable, acceptable choices for solutions. There will be one solution and it will involve a lot of austerity, pain, and misery.

After all the austerity and misery, the debt will be balanced. What will the country look like in those times I do not know, but I can assure you that the entitlement programs, and for the sake of argument assuming Obamacare survived, none of them would resemble what they are today.

Weebork on March 13, 2012 at 7:56 PM

In truth if this thing really gets off the ground the cost will be 10 trillion or 20 trillion. Then it will simply blow up taking down the entire economy.

CorporatePiggy on March 13, 2012 at 7:58 PM

But, but, butt Nancy Pelosi is STILL reading it!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2012 at 7:46 PM

You must like pelosi to give her so much credit.

rik on March 13, 2012 at 7:58 PM

To me, SCOTUS approving that the government can force you to purchase something simply by existing will be as damaging and consequential to the Republic as the Dred Scott ruling did right before the Civil War. I believe the danger is that great.

Weebork on March 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM

It would be the biggest GOTV gift to the Republicans in the history of the Party.

Resist We Much on March 13, 2012 at 7:58 PM

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