WASHINGTON--The price tag on the Senate Democrats health reform bill was put at $849 billion late Wednesday afternoon by the Congressional Budget Office, less than the amount in the bill the House passed but within President Obama's target.
Here's a top line comparison, according to Senate sources
Senate $849 billion
House 1.052 billion
Cutting the deficit
Senate $127 billion over 10 years
House 111 billlion over 10 years
Coverage expansion. Getting more people insured.
Senate 29 million or 94 per cent of uninsured coverage
House 36 million or 96 per cent of uninsured coverage
A merged version would yield 31 million or 91 percent on uninsured rolls