Saturday, July 18, 2009

Blue Dog Dems: Questioning Presidents Health Care reform and has Director of CBO Support

Conservative House Democrats have an ally in the Congressional Budget Office as they attempt to make health care legislation less costly for the federal government. Douglas Elmendorf, director of the CBO, said yesterday the House bill now going through committee action and a Senate bill do not include "the sort of fundamental changes that would be necessary to reduce the trajectory of federal health spending by a significant amount." 

As head of the nonpartisan office that calculates the budgetary impact of legislation, his remarks supported the Blue Dog Dems lack of support for the President and Speaker Pelosi's bill. Under the bill, businesses that do not offer health insurance would pay an 8% payroll tax to help subsidize coverage in a new insurance exchange. The bill was changed slightly to exempt the smallest employers from the requirement, but Blue Dog leaders said that is not sufficient.

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