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Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) recently explained the reason that Democrats are attempting to ram through Senate Majority Leader Reid's (D-Nev.) takeover of the healthcare system:
Health-care reform is fundamentally about lowering health-care costs. Lowering costs is what health-care reform is designed to do, lowering costs; and it will achieve this objective.
A noble goal, yes, but even Senator Baucus admits that the cost of reform will be higher than Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates. On the floor of the Senate, he revealed that reform would actually cost the American people $2.5 Trillion:
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 $2.5 Trillion it's, depending on where you start…
CBO found that premiums in the individual market will rise by 10% to 13% more than if Congress did nothing. Family policies under the status quo are projected to cost $13,100 on average, but under ObamaCare will jump to $15,200.
When the rising price of premiums is coupled with the $371.9 billion in tax increases included in the Reid bill, one thing becomes clear: Democrat plan to magically control the cost of health insurance by raising the cost of health insurance.