Two Years Later: Health Costs ‘Will Increase’

Despite Democrats’ Claims On Costs, The President’s Own Administration ‘Found That The Law Falls Short’


PRESIDENT OBAMA: “The plan I’m announcing tonight… will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government.” (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09)

  • SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): “Without reform, health care expenditures will increase …” (Sen. Baucus, Congressional Record, S.12061, 12/1/09)


President’s Admin Admits: Costs Will ‘Increase By A Total Of $311 Billion’

“But the [CMS] analysis also found that the law falls short of the president's twin goal of controlling runaway costs, raising projected spending by about 1 percent over 10 years. That increase could get bigger, since Medicare cuts in the law may be unrealistic and unsustainable, the report warned.” (The Associated Press, 4/23/10)

  • CMS ACTUARY RICHARD FOSTER: “[W]e estimate that overall national health expenditures under the health reform act would increase by a total of $311 billion (0.9 percent) during calendar years 2010-2019...” (CMS Actuary Richard Foster, Memo, P.4, 4/22/10)


CBO REPORT: ‘Rising Costs For Health Care Will Push Federal Spending Up Considerably’

CBO REPORT: “…rising costs for health care will push federal spending up considerably as a percentage of GDP.” (“Budget And Economic Outlook: An Update,” Congressional Budget Office, 8/11)


CBO REPORT: ‘The Legislation Will Increase The Federal Budgetary Commitment To Health Care’

CBO REPORT: “The legislation will increase the federal budgetary commitment to health care (the sum of net federal outlays for health programs and tax preferences for health care) by $390 billion over the next 10 years.” (“The Effects Of Health Reform On The Federal Budget,” CBO, 4/12/10)