Cochran, Wicker want a closer look at healthcare reform costs

Mississippi Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker are asking that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid allow his health reform package to be submitted for a more thorough analysis to determine its long-term costs to the nation.

The Mississippi Senators are among 25 Senators who have requested that Reid send his health care legislation to the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for analysis before the legislation is brought to the Senate floor for debate. The CMS analysis would be in addition to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate review of the legislation.

“Senators should have the necessary information and time required to make a careful and educated judgment on legislation intended to significantly alter American health care. Because health care represents such a major part of our economy, a thorough assessment of the long-term costs of reform would be useful to all Senators before this legislation is presented for debate,” Cochran said.