The chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee said a bill aimed at overhauling the U.S. healthcare system could come out ahead of a firm plan to pay for it next week, a move some lawmakers are unsure about.
It is going to be so unfair to just tell people how great the bill is without telling the pain thats involved, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said. And it would be so unfair to put the pain out there and have the lobbyists tear it apart before we understand how good the bill is.
The comments, made during a break in a rare Friday meeting of committee Democrats, detail some of the difficulty lawmakers face in finding ways to pay for a health reform package that Rangel put at $1 trillion over 10 years. More than half that amount, $600 billion, is expected to come from taxes, with the balance expected to come from cuts in Medicare, Rangel said.