Posted: May 11, 2010 2:02 PM
Source: Associated Press
Congressional budget referees say President Barack Obama's new health care law could potentially add another $115 billion over 10 years to government health care spending.
If Congress approves all the additional spending, that would push the 10-year cost of the overhaul above $1 trillion - an unofficial limit the Obama administration set early on.
The Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday the added spending includes $10 billion to $20 billion in administrative costs to federal agencies carrying out the law, as well as $34 billion for
community health centers and $39 billion for American Indian health care.
The additional spending is not automatic, however. Congress would have to specifically release the funds.