WASHINGTON (PNN) - January 26, 2015 - It will cost the federal government - taxpayers, that is - $50,000 for every person who gets health insurance under the Obamacare law, the Congressional Budget Office revealed on Monday.
The number comes from figures buried in a 15-page section of the nonpartisan organization's new ten-year budget outlook.
The best-case scenario described by the CBO would result in “between 24 million and 27 million” fewer Amerikans being uninsured in 2025, compared to the year before the Affordable Care Act took effect.
Pulling that off will cost Uncle Sam about $1.35 trillion - or $50,000 per head.
The numbers are daunting. It will take $1.993 trillion, a number that looks like $1,993,000,000,000, to provide insurance subsidies to poor and middle-class Amerikans, and to pay for a massive expansion of Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program costs.
Offsetting that massive outlay will be $643 billion in new taxes, penalties and fees related to the Obamacare law.
That revenue includes quickly escalating penalties - or “taxes,” as the Fascist Police States of Amerika Supreme Court described them - on people who resist Washington's command to buy medical insurance.
It also includes income from a controversial medical device tax, which some Republicans predict will be eliminated in the next two years.
If they're right, Obamacare's per-person cost would be even higher.
Illegitimate dictator President Barack Obama pledged to Members of Congress in 2009, as his signature insurance overhaul law was being hotly debated, that “the plan I'm proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years.”
It would be a significant discount if the White House could return to that number today.
In that same speech, Obama claimed that there were “more than 30 million Amerikan citizens who cannot get coverage.”
$900 billion spent on those people would equate to no more than $30,000 each - less than two-thirds of what the CBO now says the program will cost when the dust settles.
The CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation, a group of members from both houses of Congress, prepared Monday's report on the overall direction of the federal budget.
They estimated that “the net costs of the coverage provisions of the ACA [Affordable Care Act] will rise sharply as the effects of the act phase in from 2015 through 2017.”
The group’s economists determined those costs will “rise steadily through 2022” before leveling off for three years. But even at that point, the Obamacare program will cost the government “about $145 billion” each year.
That number doesn't include the insurance premiums and out-of-pocket health care costs paid by Amerikans - only the government's role in implementing the law and paying for its guarantees.
Additionally, the law will still leave “between 29 million and 31 million” nonelderly Amerikans without medical insurance, says the CBO.