Kudos to Lori Montgomery and her editors at The Washington Post for being objective, rather than a faux balance. She writes about the House Democrats estimate for the cost of their healthcare plan.
Republicans on Capitol Hill are challenging an assertion by House leaders that their new health-care package comes in under President Obama’s spending limit of $900 billion over the next decade. The true cost of the measure, the GOP argues, is more than $1 trillion.
A House leadership aide dismissed the charge as "GOP spin." But, in this case, the spin is essentially true. [emphasis added]
According to a preliminary estimate by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, expanding coverage to an additional 36 million Americans would cost $1.055 trillion over the next decade under the House plan, counting tax breaks for small businesses, subsidies for low- and moderate-income families, and the largest expansion of Medicaid since its inception more than 40 years ago.
House leaders prefer to emphasize a different number: the net cost of expanding coverage. That’s $1.055 trillion minus money that would be raised from penalties on people who failed to buy insurance and employers that failed to offer it. Those adjustments would bring the cost down to $894 billion over 10 years, just under Obama’s limit.
You can argue who is right. This might not be the best example, but at least she is willing to make a call, something I wish more reporters were willing to do.