Revised Senate health bill cuts deficit: CBO

WASHINGTON Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:12pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The revised healthcare overhaul in the Senate would cut the federal deficit by $132 billion over 10 years, non-partisan budget analysts said on Saturday.

The Congressional Budget Office also said the bill as revised by Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid would have coverage costs of $871 billion over 10 years.

Both figures meet President Barack Obama's goal of cutting the deficit and having a total cost of about $900 billion over 10 years. The rosy report card could help the proposal gain support.

(Reporting by John Whitesides, editing by Eric Beech)

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