House budget committee chairman wants CBO insight on single-payer proposals

A U.S. representative has requested that the Congressional Budget Office provide a report on single-payer policy considerations.

House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., on Jan. 8 sent a letter to CBO Director Keith Hall requesting a report "on the design considerations that policymakers would confront in developing proposals to establish a single-payer system."

The letter comes as Mr. Yarmuth's panel prepares to consider ways to provide Americans with affordable, high quality healthcare coverage.

As his committee discusses this issue, it is crucial to begin with a qualitative assessment of how policy design choices could affect the federal budget, national healthcare spending and care access, Mr. Yarmuth said in a news release.


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