Re: "Savings estimate wins votes," March 19 news story.Reading many of the media reports from the past few days about the "new" compromise health care bill Democrats will move through Congress this weekend, you would think the final bill is a magic deficit reduction potion. Democrats are touting claims that this so-called new final package will reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next two decades. These claims are utterly false, and it doesn't take a budget expert or economist to see that. Let me explain. The evidence lies in the assumptions that the official scorekeepers of legislation, the Congressional Budget Office, used in arriving at their conclusion that the bill would save money.
Mike Coffman is understandably miffed with the League of Conservation Voters, which seems as dedicated to boosting the size of government as in protecting the environment. So when the league gave the 6th District congressman a paltry 7 percent rating on its National Environmental Scorecard, Coffman lit into it with righteous gusto.