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Affordable Care Act Study Shows Billions of Dollars In Hidden Costs
CNBC.com | January 09, 2012 | 11:28 AM EST

The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" has been a lightning rod since its inception. Both sides of the aisle have used a different set of numbers to support stances both for and against the law.

In effort to break through the polarizing politics of this Act, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University conducted a year long study called "Beware the Rush to Presumption." It analyzes the government's own analysis of the program's cost savings and benefits. Dr. Jerry Ellig is a scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and is the study's co-author.

LL: What is the key finding from your year-long study?

JE: In this study, we looked at the federal government’s analysis for the 8 major “interim final” regulations issued in 2010 to implement key components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The intent of regulatory analysis is to inform decisions by identifying the problem the regulation is supposed to solve, and assessing the pros and cons of alternative solutions. But we found these key ACA analyses to be rushed, seriously incomplete, and rarely used to inform decisions.

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