How much does health reform really cost, what elements are worth it, and what are the best and worst options for paying for it?
When it comes to raising the money, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., has talked about adjusting the current tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health coverage so that richer people get a smaller tax break, or so that people with richer benefits get a smaller tax break. President-elect Obama has proposed allowing President Bush's tax cuts to expire for higher income people.
Should we allow an increase in the budget deficit, or back-load the cost?
What are the best and worst ideas, and which have the best chance of flying politically?
-- Marilyn Werber Serafini, NationalJournal.com