Baffling government health care cost figures

Kim Morris | June 17, 2009

According to the Congressional Budget Office, 1.6 trillion dollars will pay the bill to reduce the number of uninsured from 46 million to 30 million over the next ten years. If our math is right, that's $10,000 per person per year! That is several times larger than most of us spend on health insurance now (remember this is per person, not per adult or per family). And this figure is only for insurance; it does not include the projected out-of-pocket costs not covered by insurance. Something must be missing from our understanding of the report. Some politicians are pushing to trim the cost forecast to a flat $1 trillion apparently assuming that figure is more palatable. Yet it still seems unreasonable without further explanation.

And what about the remaining 30 million uninsured? We are left baffled and almost speechless by this week's political rhetoric.

Tags : health care reform

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