Currently, the Senate Finance Committee has reached no consensus on major
provisions of the anticipated health care overhaul, raising doubts that
it will be considered this month. Committee members remain at an impasse
in part because members still lack a clear picture of what potential policy
choices would cost.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which estimates what legislation
will cost the taxpayers, is scrambling to analyze dozens of policy options
the committee is considering. Without cost estimates, lawmakers say it
is difficult to decide which provisions they can support. (CQ)
BIAA will continue monitoring the situation closely.