The Medicare "fix" that Dems have promised will mean the CBO predicts a deficit

Just another trick by Dems. The health care bill cuts $500 billion so that they can claim that the health care bill is in the black. Then the "fix" adds money back in separately, but they can still claim that the health care bill is in the black.

Congressional budget scorekeepers say a Medicare fix that Democrats included in earlier versions of their health care bill would push it into the red.

The Congressional Budget Office said Friday that rolling back a programmed cut in Medicare fees to doctors would cost $208 billion over 10 years. If added back to the health care overhaul bill, it would wipe out all the deficit reduction, leaving the legislation $59 billion in the red.

The so-called doc fix was part of the original House bill. Because of its high cost, Democrats decided to pursue it separately. Republicans say the cost should not be ignored. Congress has usually waived the cuts to doctors year by year.

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