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Health care reform received boost from CBO, Dole

Health care reform received a significant boost Wednesday with the release of a Congressional Budget Office analysis concluding that the Senate Finance Committee bill actually would reduce the federal deficit by $81 billion over the next 10 years. It also was aided by former Sen. Bob Dole, who called for passage of health care reform (though he opposes the public option). Dole also said that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told him not to say that he supported reform, and Dole said that the public was the loser when Congress couldn't agree on reform when President Clinton proposed it (and he took partial blame for that failure).