Senate Democrats are desperately trying every trick in the book to get the lowest possible cost scoring out of the CBO. Ethics and Public Policy Center fellow James Capretta descends into the weeds to explain the latest regressive tax they have come up with to pay for their health care plans:
Senate Democrats, including, have also Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus discovered the budgetary virtues of heavy-handed government decrees. If you want to expand insurance coverage, you can simply make people sign up for a plan — whether they want to or not. And to keep costs down for the government, you subsidize only those who get insurance outside of the workplace — and then write rules that make it nearly impossible for anyone to fall into that category. Presto! Government-run health-care paid for with the hidden taxes of government mandates.
Heritage policy analyst Greg D’Angelo also broke down the latest CBO scoring of Kennedy-Dodd 2.0.