WASHINGTON (CNN) - The cost of health care reform has caused "sticker shock," a leading Democratic senator conceded Sunday.
Appearing on ABC's "This Week" program, Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut said a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of health care bills proposed so far showed they were more expensive than originally believed.
Asked about sticker shock from the $1.6 trillion price tag, Dodd said "we all" have it.
"We've got to obviously have better numbers than the ones we've seen," Dodd said.
Dodd is acting chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that is considering one Democratic proposal, while the Senate Finance Committee is working on its own measure.
Democrats want a government-funded public insurance option to ensure health coverage is available to the nation's 46 million uninsured Americans. Congressional Republicans reject a government-funded plan as the first step toward a government takeover of health care.
"The CBO estimates were a death blow to a government-run health care plan," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said on the same program, adding: "We do need to deal with inflation in health care, private and public inflation, but we're not going to go down … the government owning health care road in America."