The legislation that the Senate passed Christmas Eve, which is expected to resemble closely the final bill that is hashed out between the House and Senate over the next month, would leave about 8 percent of the population under age 65 without health insurance, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. It would extend insurance to 31 million of an estimated 54 million who would have no coverage without the legislation.
Even the more-expensive House version of the plan is projected to cover only two-thirds of the currently-uninsured.
All this for a trillion dollars.
To be fair, the uninsured number includes illegal immigrants. About one third of the 24 million uncovered by the Senate version, according to this story.
When is the last time a government program even came close to delivering on its promises? I figure that things are going to cost twice as much as projected and get half the results. Unless things go really bad, in which case actual results will be far worse.