The CBO scores the Baucus bill and concludes that it would shave $81 billion off the deficit over ten years. Marc's parsing:

Baucus says he can get this bill to the floor. It's a bill that at least one Republican -- Sen. Olympia Snowe -- could vote for. And no Democrat -- or Republican -- can argue that, based on the shared reverence for the CBO source, health care will add to the deficit... even though, as the CBO admits, a projection is just a projection.

Further thoughts from Suderman, Cohn, and Klein.

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