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In health debate, those numbers are just numbers

Washington Post, October 19, 2009

As Democrats try to reform healthcare and essentially reorder one-sixth of the U.S. economy, the Congressional Budget Office is charged by Congress with assessing the effect on the federal budget and the impact on American lives. The Senate majority leader has vowed to hold no vote on a health plan until the CBO passes judgment. But the agency, while almost universally praised for honest and impartial analyses, does not have a crystal ball to determine the exact numbers, reports the Washington Post.