Well, hallelujah.  Finally a Senate health care reform bill to die for:  CBO: Baucus bill costs $829 billion, reduces deficit by $81 billion

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a cost estimate of the healthcare reform bill under consideration by the Senate Finance Committee, concluding it would increase federal spending by $829 billion over 10 years but be offset by enough spending cuts and tax increases to reduce the budget deficit by $81 billion.

The net number of legal U.S. residents without health insurance would reduce by 29 million over 10 years, the CBO further concluded…

OK, so  1. not everybody will be covered, 2. it is a huge amount of additional spending, 3. it will end in the destruction of the private health insurance industry, but who’s counting?  It’s deficit-neutral, for heaven’s sake.  What more could you ask for?

An actual bill, for starters.

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