Health Care Reform and the Federal Budget

Source: Congressional Budget Office, June 16, 2009

Because the Congress is now considering major legislation affecting health care and health insurance, the possible effects on the federal budget have received significant attention. To elucidate those effects, this analysis examines the budget outlook under current law; the likely budgetary effect of efforts to expand the scope of insurance coverage; the potential for reducing health care spending; the likely impact of specific changes in the health system; and mechanisms for engendering efficiency gains in health care over time.

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