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The CBO's price tags are educated guesses, but guesses nonetheless
Phil Ellis may be the most powerful guy you've never heard of in the health-care debate. A senior analyst with the Congressional Budget Office, Ellis is the man who has to decide what it would cost to rebuild the health insurance system. He has essentially condemned two legislative proposals by slapping them with trillion-dollar price tags. A third plan rocketed to prominence after he said it would cost much less.
"We're always putting out these estimates: This is going to cost $1.042 trillion exactly," he said. "Bu