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Health Care Reforms Considered as Deficit Reduction Options, CBO Says

Medicaid block grants, Medicare premium support, Medigap reductions, bundled Medicare payments, and reduced tax preferences for employment-based health insurance will be added to the list of options for reducing the federal deficit, according to a Nov. 13 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report. The report includes options for reducing federal budget deficits for fiscal years 2014 to 2023. According to the report, repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would increase budget deficits. CBO also reported that repealing provisions of the ACA to provide subsidies for marketplace health insurance and to expand Medicaid would not reduce Medicare spending.


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