3:58 pm December 2, 2009, by Kyle Wingfield
From the Senate Republicans’ Web site:
SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): “Just for a second — health care reform, whether you use a ten-year number or when you start in 2010 or start in 2014, wherever you start at, so it is still either $1 trillion or it’s $2.5 Trillion, depending on where you start…” (Sen. Baucus, Floor Remarks, 12/2/09)
This is, of course, what opponents of the various Democratic bills have been pointing out all along: Starting the new taxes a few years before the benefits begin is the only way these bills get a cost estimate of “just” $1 trillion.
Via the Weekly Standard, here’s a chart that illustrates what Baucus was talking about:
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