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Two Ways to Fund Reform


Separate House and Senate health-care bills cover costs differently

HOUSE TRI-COMMITTEE BILLS

10-year cost: $1.04 trillion

Financing: $491 billion cuts in Medicare and Medicaid; $544 billion surtax on adjusted gross income above $350,000 per family

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

10-year cost: $829 billion

Financing: $471 billion cuts in Medicare and Medicaid; $215 billion excise tax on "Cadillac" health plans; $130 billion in industry fees

Data: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Congressional Budget Office, Senate Finance Committee


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