Citing Report On House Health Bill, Johanns Further Urges Economic Study On Senate Version

Washington, DC


Senator Mike Johanns today redoubled his appeal for an analysis of the Senate health care reform bill's impact on long-term health care costs. Johanns on Thursday wrote a letter, signed by 24 of his Senate colleagues, to Majority Leader Harry Reid requesting the analysis by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). On Saturday, the CMS Actuary released its analysis of the House bill and concluded that cuts to Medicare in the bill would cut benefits for some seniors and restrict access for millions across the country. The CMS study also concluded that the House bill fails to bend the cost curve, a primary goal of any health care reform legislation.