A recent Fox News report uses numbers provided by a self-proclaimed "center-right" American organization which details the predicted costs of the Green New Deal, totaling up to 93 trillion dollars, or 600k per household.

This is more than 4 times the current total national debt of the US, so I'm skeptical of the numbers provided. Are these numbers correct after all, or is there another source that gives 'more rational' numbers?

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    Of that $93 trillion, most of the projected cost is from universal healthcare ($36 trillion over 10 years) and jobs guarantee/universal basic income (up to $44 trillion). It's not clear that those will make it into whatever version comes up for vote.
    – ff524
    Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 14:49
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    "Costing" how? Over what time frame? Compared to which alternatives? There's costs involved in not taking action as well (just tossing that in, that's not the "one number" I would pitch against this claim). So "correct" or "rational" (aside from being two very different things) is very much up to definition of terms. Can you clarify what exactly you're asking?
    – DevSolar
    Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 14:51
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    I will not attempt to tackle a spreadsheet calculating "total costs of this vs. that", because this is about global economic predictions (i.e. inherently inaccurate and speculative). I was looking at whether you'd be willing to reduce a work that would keep a government task force busy for several years down to something manageable in a Skeptics.SE answer.
    – DevSolar
    Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 14:58
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    @DevSolar I can certainly understand the fear, but it's not something I would ever do. If the best answer available to answer a question is really "Nobody is really sure, and the article is just speculation. Here's some other studies that contradict the article, support it, or provide details" then that's the best answer available. You have a fair point about the source in particular, but it's one that's very popular and having an answer here about that article would be very helpful for many people I think.
    – Onyz
    Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 15:48
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    People complain about how expensive universal health care would be but they always fail to mention how much the current system costs which should raise a lot of red flags. If universal health care was really more expensive it should be easy to point to numbers to show it. I personally feel that the objections are from the rich people in charge of the systems being afraid that they will lose income from the changes.
    – Joe W
    Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 17:52


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