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Reform will add more than $500 billion to debt: report
Modern Healthcare

The 2010 federal healthcare overhaul will add up to $527 billion to the national debt over the next 10 years, according to a new analysis by one of the two public trustees for Medicare.

The study by Charles Blahous, the Republican trustee for Medicare and Social Security appointed by President Barack Obama, challenges the so-called double counting that allowed supporters of the law to claim it will provide net reductions in federal healthcare spending and extended solvency for Medicare.