Late yesterday Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) announced that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had rescored his committee’s health care legislation and the new cost for the bill over ten years was a number that could be offset: $1 trillion. Earlier this week, CBO scored the Finance Committee’s proposal as costing $1.6 trillion… Read more »

The “employer mandate” issue is one of the most controversial aspects of comprehensive health care reform, and yesterday the Senate Health Education Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee released two proposals that it sent to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for cost scoring. The proposal (which can be seen here) has two options.  The first would… Read more »

As the certainty of a comprehensive health care bill is being questioned by Congress and the media (subscription), the Obama Administration has become increasingly active in pushing Congress to pass legislation this year. Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, urging Congress to send President… Read more »

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/1Gx7bVez7rY” width=”425″ height=”344″ allowfullscreen=”true” fvars=”fs=1″ /] Recently, National Association of Chain Drug Stores President & CEO Steven Anderson IOM, CAE stopped by the ASAE offices to discuss the health care debate, including the major issues and his thoughts on the outcome of the current Congressional debate.  Periodically, this site will contain items like this… Read more »

Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee leaked its outline for its health care legislation, partly in response to the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of previous draft language.  The document (seen here) is not legislative language, but the concepts do have some impact on small businesses and associations if they were enacted: The draft incorporates the Small… Read more »