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Healthcare overhaul cost may reach $1.5 trillion

AP/Yahoo News, March 18, 2009

Health policy experts say guaranteeing coverage for all Americans may cost about $1.5 trillion over the next decade, more than double the $634 billion "down payment" President Barack Obama set aside for health reform in his budget. The potential for runaway costs is raising concerns among Republicans and some Democrats as Congress prepares to draft next year's budget.