“We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It” (A Continuing Series)

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on March 14, 2012

The latest bulletin from the health care reform bill we passed without knowing its contents:

President Obama’s national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law.

Democrats employed many accounting tricks when they were pushing through the national health care legislation, the most egregious of which was to delay full implementation of the law until 2014, so it would appear cheaper under the CBO’s standard ten-year budget window and, at least on paper, meet Obama’s pledge that the legislation would cost “around $900 billion over 10 years.” When the final CBO score came out before passage, critics noted that the true 10 year cost would be far higher than advertised once projections accounted for full implementation.

In what parallel universe is the passage of such a complicated bill with so little understanding about what was in the bill supposed to constitute good governance?

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