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FACTBOX-Comparison of Senate, House health reform costs

 Oct 8 (Reuters) - Following is a comparison of the estimated costs of the
healthcare reform bills prepared by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, the
Senate Health Committee, and a group of three House committees.
 The comparison was prepared by the Committee for a Responsible Federal
Budget, a bipartisan group that includes former directors of the Congressional
Budget Office, the Office of Management and Budget and the Federal Reserve
Board.
        COMPARISON OF HEALTHCARE REFORM BILLS
 (in billion dollars, except for reduction in uninsured)
Bill Provisions                 House         Senate       Senate
                              Tri-         Health       Finance
                            Committee     Committee    Committee
Individual Penalties               29           36             4
Employer Payments                 208           52            23
MANDATE PROVISIONS:            237           88            27
Exchange Subsidies               (773)        (723)         (456)
Medicaid Expansion               (438)        (500)*        (345)
Small Business Credits            (53)         (56)          (23)
COVERAGE EXPANSION:          (1264)     (779)-(1279)*    (824)
Physician Payment Updates        (229)          n/a          (11)
Long-Term Care Insurance          n/a           58           n/a
Reinsurance                       (10)         (10)           (5)
Other Spending Changes            (53)         (14)          (26)
OTHER SPENDING:               (292)          34           (63)
Changes in Prescription Drug Pay   47            F             7
Medicare Advantage Cuts           162            F           114
Cuts in Provider Payment Updates  196            F           185
Medicare Premium Increase         n/a            F            33
Medicare Payment Commission       n/a            F            22
Measures to Slow Cost Growth        5            F            15
Measures to Cut Spending           81            F           113
SPENDING OFFSETS:              491            --          510
Tax on High Earners               544            F           n/a
Limit Itemized Deductions         n/a            F           n/a
Tax on High-Cost Insurance        n/a            F           202
Tax Gap and Loopholes Closing      37            F            36
Limits to Health Care Tax Benefits  8            F           
Fees on Health Care Companies     n/a            F            121
 TAX INCREASES:                589          359            296
Interactions and Other Spending     0           46            72
10-Year Deficit Impact           (239)      (611)-(1111)*     81
10th Year Deficit                 (65)        (120)           12
Reduction in Uninsured People    37 mln       21-38 mln     29 mln
F - Left to Senate Finance Committee
* Health Committee bill includes no Medicaid expansion, due to jurisdictional
issues. However, CBO has provided rough estimate of how much that would cost.
Sources: Congressional Budget Office, Joint Committee on Taxation, Office of
Management & Budget, media reports.

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