“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said healthcare legislation being considered by her chamber would reduce the US budget deficit over the next 20 years, meeting one of President Barack Obama’s main demands for the overhaul. Pelosi cited preliminary estimates by the Congressional Budget Office that various plans being debated by House Democrats for the biggest health-care expansion in four decades would cut the deficit over both the short and long term. ‘Whatever choice we make will reduce the deficit,’ the California Democrat told Bloomberg yesterday in Washington, ‘not only under 10 years but over 20 years.’”
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