From today's Washington Post:
Baucus Measure Would Expand Care Without Adding to Deficit
Attempt at Compromise in Senate Draws No GOP Support
By the way, many Democrats don't like this bill, either.
But here's the real point: the implication of the headline, that this bill is the magic unicorn that can bestow something for nothing, doesn't hold up under scrutiny. Read Harvard economist Greg Mankiw on the CBO analysis of this bill:
In other words, the plan would reduce the deficit if it were carried out as written, but there is good reason based on historical experience to be skeptical that it would be.
Let me try to put CBO's point in a more familiar setting:
Your friend Joe, who says he want to lose weight, asks you for an extra slice of pie after dinner. Naturally, you are doubtful about the wisdom of the request.
"Ahem, Joe," you whisper, "Aren't there a lot of calories in that?"
"Yes," he says, "but the pie is part of a larger plan. I am committed not only to eating that slice of pie but also to going to the gym every day for the next week and spending at least half a hour on the treadmill. The exercise will more than work off those extra calories."
"But that's what you said last week, when you asked for an extra piece of cake. And you never made it to the gym."
"Yes, I know," Joe replies ruefully, "but this time I really mean it....Can you please pass the pie?"
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