The One Trillion Dollar Takeover of Health Care
A Down Payment on Nationalization
- Trillion Dollars Down: In less than two months, the
President has already budgeted nearly $1 TRILLION on his health
care proposals -- SCHIP, the stimulus, and now the budget.
- A Bottomless Well: President Obama's FY 10 budget
proposal offers a $634 billion "down payment" on health care
reform. The only truth to this number is that it will continue to
grow, and they openly admit it in the President's budget proposal:
"The budget calls for an effort beyond this down payment, to put
the nation on a path to health insurance coverage for all
Americans. However, additional funding will be needed."
- Squeezing Water from a Stone: The President's budget
depends on typical liberal tax hikes while rearranging the deck
chairs for Medicare and Medicaid to produce "savings." There is
only so much you can tax or squeeze before you hit rock
Fast-Tracking a Flawed Process
- Taking Your Own Pulse: A bipartisan health care summit
may be nice window dressing, but the test of real bipartisanship is
found in policy, not in photo ops. So far on health care, the
President's promise for bipartisanship is more hope than change.
Since January, President Obama has signed into law over $200
billion spending to advance his health care agenda -- $136 billion
alone on in the stimulus -- with little, if any, notion of
- Consolidated Power: To achieve his goals, President
Obama's health plan will need to depend on a massive top-down
infrastructure to control health care dollars and decisions.
Instead of empowering patients and doctors, Washington will be in
- Loss of Private Coverage: At a time when Americans are
worried about losing their health care, the promise of a new
government health plan will only undermine the private health
insurance that million of Americans depend on today. Not only do
government programs cost more than they project, but they also
promise more than they deliver.
Real Health Care Solutions for
- Consumer Choice: Give Americans the consumer-choice
system available to Members of Congress as a true model, not as a
façade for government-run health care.
- Take Bold Steps, Give States the Power: Allow states to
experiment with better ways of reaching the nation's health
coverage goals rather than imposing a national plan on states and
- Be Bipartisan: In such areas as the tax treatment of
health care, federal-state cooperation, and other critical pieces
of health reform, there are thoughtful and well-developed
approaches. Build on these important developments; do not ignore
For more bold
ideas on health care reform, visit: http://blog.heritage.org/2009/03/05/government-power-and-control-the-one-trillion-dollar-takeover-of-health-care