The Misleading Numbers Of U.S. Health Care Reform
Supporters of the reform argues that it will really not cost that much. Yet these numbers are misleading for two reasons:
First, as Ann Coulter and Jay Cost points out, the 10-year number is misleading because taxes will be collected during 10 years while benefits will be paid out only during the latest 6 years. But during later decades taxes and benefits will both be collected all years, meaning that the costs will be much greater.
And secondly, Democrats double-count some tax hikes and budget cuts, causing the negative effect on the deficit to be underestimated, as James Pethokoukis points out.