November 18th, 2009
04:55 PM ET
9 years ago

Senate health care bill price tag: $849 billion, CBO says

Washington (CNN) - The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the Senate health care bill would cost $849 billion over 10 years, according to a senior Democratic source and an administration official.

The CBO projects the measure would reduce deficit by $127 billion and insure an additional 31 million Americans, according to the sources.

Ninety-four percent of Americans would be covered under the bill, the sources noted.

–CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report

Update: The talking points sent by the Senate Democratic leadership to aides after the news broke stressed fiscal discipline. "(The CBO) findings will give us a great momentum as we move forward," read the memo.

"These findings will please all members of our caucus who have made fiscal discipline a priority in this debate as well as all members of our caucus who have made affordable care a priority. ... Senate Republicans who have on many occasions during this debate hailed the primacy of the CBO will have a hard time arguing with these numbers without being hypocritical."

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. voter

    What is the excuse for the blue dogs to not support the bill? Quite frankly the blue dogs aka republicans are not aganist the bill because of the price tag it is because they receive funds from the insurance companies. The insurance companies are paying for their re-election bids.

    November 18, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. MARK

    IT's a bad Health Bill. Plain and simple!!!

    November 18, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. New Father

    Wow behind closed doors they come up with a price tag that meets the prez promise. Can't wait til they vote on this bill that nobody read. Please people go on cspan and watch this debate it will be mind boggling. I'll bet like the house bill 90% will come up and repeat how the other side is wrong and say nothing but "it's good and it's wrong" without even having a clue what is in it. I glad the pres was elected from the due nothing congress and McCain wanted to lose. His letting Obama win may just be the reality check in government waste this country needs to remember it is 'We the People" not Obamas "Only the government"

    November 18, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. m jeff

    If it covers ninety-four percent of Americans and reduces the deficit, it's a good bill.

    November 18, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Proud Member..Party of No

    If you believe this healthcare takeover is a good idea then, quite frankly, you are part of the problem.

    November 18, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. If my people, which are called by my name shall humble themselves,and pray,and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land. 2 Chron. 7 S Callahan

    WHO are the 6% that won't be covered?

    November 18, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Rush,the carnival barker

    Tax the rich,lets make Rush happy at all costs,his suffering is my pleasure.hahaha

    November 18, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. NC

    It still is not as much as we have spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why shouldn't we spend money to save American lives.

    November 18, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. dustin

    lets get this done.

    November 18, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. okies-razor

    The health bill was a success , but the patient died .
    I think we are only a year or two away from Geo. Bush
    and his congress only being the second worst in history .
    Insurance companies as a whole average a whopping
    3 % profit .

    November 18, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. James Michael Roberson

    It may be that some right wing conservatives don't agree about what the problem is. I see the problem as people going broke trying to stay alive. People being denied proper health care who have to resort to going to the emergency room at the last minute when it is often too late. Health care costs rising so high that they are consuming too much of our nation's wealth. In my opinion a takeover of the health care industry would not be a bad thing, but that is not what congress is currently doing. What congress wants to do is make insurance affordable to all of America's citizens. In my opinion that is fixing the problem!

    November 18, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    When was an estimate of cost by our Government ever held true? You can triple this Estimate and still be way short of the real costs. Even 850 Billion is more debt than we can afford right now.

    November 18, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. DJ

    You Republican cynics need to get an education and learn the facts. It is not a takeover and only a limited number of people would be able to qualify for the public option. Yeah Voter is has nothing to do with cost or has everything to do with how much money is being given to corrupt officials that put their own selfish agenda ahead of Americans that desperately need healthcare coverage.

    November 18, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. NM_ People first

    Those who oppose Health Reform
    Only Care about Company Profits and
    Campain Contributions.

    Single Payer would be the cheapest ,
    But This Apparently all we can get for now
    So lets pass it


    November 18, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. rachel

    Some how I don't trust this administration who can't even tell me how many jobs they actually saved yet come up with a number that's bogus.

    November 18, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. rachel

    Get ready for more" government panels errrh groups to tell you what else you don't need to get tested on besides mamograhms.

    November 18, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Welches, Oregon

    CNN: But it ok to let the American taxpayers pay for Congress and the Senate members and their families' health insurance – they sure don't have a problem with that do they? All they can do is cry about how much this will cost without even touching on the fact that the American People have paid THEIR health insurance for over 2 centuries. they have no problem sending billions and billions into two failed wars that the American people just want us to get out of, because IT'S KILLING AMERICANS.

    If this bill doesn't pass, I proposed Congress, the Senate and all government employees, pay for their own health insurance – maybe then they'll see what we all are going thru. They'll get some chitty plan that pays 80% with a $20 co pay each time they see a doctor (if they see a doc – most times it's a physician assistant) and see how much 80% covers when they have a some routine surgery costing over $100,000.

    November 18, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Ed D

    No one has enough information to make an informed decision as yet. Right now this Bill is a bunch of chunks loosely pasted together in an effort to make something work. How anyone can take a side is beyond me. Of course, the Dems feed us the good points while the Repubs exagerate the bad. Don't let your news source, favorite actor, super cool neighbor, or anyone else tell you what to think. Wake up, investigate, learn, then act.

    November 18, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. Bob Pacific Grove, Ca

    Health Care Reform will finally pass, and in 10 years the republicans will be taking credit for its passage.......

    November 18, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. blue j

    wow only 89 billion a year for 10 years way cheaper than a war in iraq by far, and considering the amount of folks in america going broke or having thier credit destroyed by medical bills, good for the american people too.

    November 18, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. tarheel

    Why are the Democrats going to leave 6% of our fellow Americans without Health care. We are the richest nation on Earth and yet we can't provide this basic right for all our citizens? You're talking about tens of millions of people needlessly suffering. Harry Reid , Nancy Pelosi, and The CBO have already proved that the more we spend, the more we save. We can always find more savings from Medicare Fraud, cut the amount of Reimbursement for Medicare services we currently pay Doctors and Hospitals, and significantly raise taxes on the rich (a rich person is someone who earns more than me). Free Health Care for all is the only real answer.

    November 18, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. Albo58

    Smoke and mirrors! This cancerous bill will actually be double this estimate within a few short years, then it will double again thereafter. Until we get actual health care reform and NOT the government take over of health care, we should kick this can way down the road!

    November 18, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. Mark

    Yes our national debt can withstand that! Liberal idiots!!!

    November 18, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. joe m

    so they say. i'd love for someone to name one government project that actually came in on budget. the operative word here is 'estimated', which means that for any reason whatsoever this estimate can easily be exceeded. and, again, when has it actually happend that the a government project did not go over budget.

    November 18, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. luigi

    Cheap at the price. of course, it would be much less if drug companies, insurance companies, doctors, and the medical industry weren't so attached to making their livings off the suffering and vulnerabilities of our citizens. What a shameful legacy- all this greed in a country that could afford this in an instant.

    November 18, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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