Dems’ Old Health Bill Rhetoric Faces Reality

Despite Democrats’ Original Sales Pitch, The Congressional Budget Office Projects That Health Care Costs ‘Will Continue Rising’

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

CBO REPORT: “…the 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)


Dem Sales Pitch: ‘Without Reform, Health Care Expenditures Will Increase’

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)

  • PRESIDENT OBAMA: “…every single good idea to bend the cost curve and start actually reducing health care costs are in this bill. So that's what this effort is all about.” (President Obama, Remarks To House Democratic Caucus, 3/20/10)

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: “Unless we bend that cost curve, we're in trouble.” (Vice President Joe Biden, Health Care Summit, 2/25/10)

SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): “And without reform, health care expenditures will increase…” (Sen. Baucus, Floor Remarks, 12/1/09)

  • SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): “Mr. President, the republican leader just a few moments ago says that this bill raises costs. With all due respect to my good friend from Kentucky, that statement is false.” (Sen. Baucus, Floor Remarks, 12/2/09)

SEN. MICHAEL BENNET (D-CO): “Health-care reform that focuses on driving down health-care costs is essential to Colorado families and our long-term effort to put our fiscal house in order … health-care reform that is focused on reducing cost is not only the smart way to go; it's the only way to go.” (“Lawmakers Put Brakes On Health-Care Amid Deficit Worries,” The Coloradoan, 7/24/09)

SEN. CLAIRE McCASKILL (D-MO): “My statement all along is it has to slow down the increase of health care costs over time, and that is bending the cost curve, and secondly, that it has to be deficit neutral. We have to be saving more money for our government than we're spending. And if we're not saving more money for our government than we're spending, then not only will I not support it…” (Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday,” 12/13/09)