The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Actwill increase deficits over the next decade by between $346 billionand $527 billion, according to a new study by a Medicaretrustee.

Charles Blahous, appointed by President Obama as a Republicantrustee for Medicare and Social Security, wrote his research paperfor the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he is aresearch fellow.

His study conflicts with what the Congressional Budget Officehas said—that the law will help reduce the deficit. Blahous arguesthat the CBO's report double counts elements of proposed Medicaresavings and doesn't “fully illuminate” the financial impact of thelaw.

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