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The Obama administration threatened to veto parts of its own health care bill after budget scorekeepers found that the package would add at least $115 billion more to government health care spending.
The Congressional Budget Office said the added spending includes $10 billion to $20 billion in administrative costs to federal agencies carrying out the law, as well as $34 billion for community
health centers and $39 billion for Indian health care.
The costs were not reflected in earlier estimates by the budget office, although Republican lawmakers strenuously argued that they should have been. Part of the reason is technical: the additional spending is not mandatory, leaving Congress with discretion to provide the funds in follow-on legislation -- or not.
Congressional estimators also said they simply had not had enough time to run the numbers.
President Obama's budget office charged Congress with finding $115 billion in spending cuts or tax increases to offset the price tag hike
Costs could go higher, because the legislation authorizes several programs without setting specific funding levels.