The House reform bill passes the CBO with flying colors. Not only does the bill qualify below the president’s $900 billion price tag, but it also reduces the federal budget deficit by $104 billion over ten years, according to the official word from the CBO. That’s better than the Senate Finance bill which only reduced the deficit by $81 billion.
From now until whenever, the Democrats ought to be repeating to everyone: We’re the party of fiscal discipline. Why are the Republicans against reducing the deficit? I mean, why else jump through all of these CBO hurdles? Use it, people. Maybe use it against Joe Lieberman who wants to filibuster deficit reduction.
Adding… It’s also worth mentioning that a “robust” public option would’ve made for a cheaper bill.