WASHINGTON, D.C. – Top lawmakers on health committees in the House of Representatives are calling on the non-partisan congressional scorekeeper, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), for a public analysis of the health care provisions in Democrats’ $4.3 trillion tax and spending spree:
“[W]e have concerns that the proposed health care provisions will further make individuals dependent on government-subsidized, government-controlled insurance coverage; ineffectively spend hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars in exchange for only modest coverage gains; affect access to the job-based plans workers like and want to keep; and utilize budget gimmicks to manipulate and downplay the true cost of these policies.”
“Congressional debate—which has continued for weeks as House Democrats struggle to unite their caucus—has occurred absent any official budgetary scores or coverage analysis for these policies…. Lawmakers and all Americans should understand the consequences of the policies that are being rushed through Congress by a purely partisan process.”
The full letter to CBO Director Phillip Swagel is here, and is signed by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Republican Leader of Ways and Means, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of Education and Labor, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Republican Leader of Energy and Commerce, and Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) Republican Leader of Budget.