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Sam Baker Oct 25
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Budget office: Bipartisan ACA bill would save taxpayers $3.8 billion

Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray got good news from CBO. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

The Congressional Budget Office delivered some good news to Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray: Their bill to stabilize the Affordable Care Act would save the government nearly $4 billion over the next decade.

Between the lines: To reach that conclusion, CBO had to settle a more in-the-weeds question that nevertheless carried dramatic implications for the entire ACA stabilization effort — and its answer there was also good news for Alexander and Murray.