And since Turkey Day-related overeating or reckless wielding of a carving knife or straining your voice yelling for (or at) your favorite football team could result in a trip to the doctor, it's even more appropriate that we've found some pie charts dealing with health care reform.
All of us tax geeks and political wonks can be very thankful that instead of forcing us to squint at rows and rows of tiny numerals, the Tax Foundation (and its Tax Policy Blog) prepared colorful pie charts to demonstrate how the House and Senate propose to pay for their respective proposals.
The $848 billion health care reform legislation unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week is financed primarily through cuts to Medicare provider payments (which would save $330.6 billion, or 34 percent of the bill's 10-year cost) and a 40 percent excise tax on high-value "Cadillac" health plans (which would generate $149.1 billion, or 15 percent of the bill's cost), according to the Tax Foundation's review of the Congressional Budget Office's analysis.
Across Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's more-costly bill -- more than $1 trillion -- also includes cuts to Medicare spending, but most of the money in that overhaul plan would come from a surtax on wealthier taxpayers.
How will these pieces of revenue pie finally be sliced? Put on your budget apron and stay tuned.
Speaking of pies: Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means family, friends, football and food, including pies. Here's hoping your holiday is a good one. And go ahead and have that extra piece of pumpkin pie. It is a holiday, after all.
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