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Democrats raise alarms over costs of health bills

New York Times, November 10, 2009

The White House is facing a growing revolt from some Democrats and analysts who say the health reform bills Congress is considering do not fulfill President Obama's promise to slow the runaway rise in healthcare spending. President Obama has made cost containment a centerpiece of his health reform agenda, and in May industry groups pledged voluntary efforts to trim the growth of healthcare spending by 1.5%, or $2 trillion, over the next decade. But health economists say it is impossible to know whether the bills, including one passed by the House, would meet that goal, and many are skeptical that they even come close, the New York Times reports.