Tracking Obama's health law in budget isn't easy

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, AP
Thu Apr 11, 7:41 AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Next year is the year President Barack Obama's signature health care law goes into high gear, covering millions of uninsured Americans.

It will cost the government tens of billions of dollars a year.

You'd think there'd be a chapter in the new 2014 budget that lays it all out. Wrong.

It turns out that the costs of the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare to its Republican foes— are sprinkled here and there through hundreds of pages of budget.

That's partly due to the arcane ways of government. It may also be an effort to avoid giving foes a clear target.

Budget expert Bill Hoagland, senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center, says he's sure somebody has a spreadsheet. They're not publishing it in the budget.