April 10, 2012

Double Counting Doubles the Crisis

Charles Blahous

J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Chair

The health care bill of 2010 was said to provide two major benefits. First, the bill promised to find savings in the government's biggest health insurance program, Medicare, and use those savings to reduce the deficit. Second, the bill promised to expand health care coverage to uninsured Americans. Sounds pretty good, right? But how does the government propose to pay for both?

Here's where the math becomes fuzzy.