Revised and updated September 16, 2009
- Millions Will Lose Their
Current Insurance. Period. End of Story: President Obama
wants Americans to believe they can keep their insurance if they
like, but research from the government, private research firms, and
think tanks show this is not the case. The economic incentives plus
a government-run health plan as proposed in the House bill (H.R.
3200), would cause 88.1 million people to see their current
employer-sponsored health plan disappear.
- Individual Mandate Means Less Liberty and More
Taxes: Although he once opposed the idea, President Obama
is now open to the imposition of an individual mandate that would
require all Americans to have federally approved health insurance.
This unprecedented federal directive not only takes away your
individual freedom but could cost you as well. Lawmakers are
considering a penalty or tax for those who don't buy
government-approved health plans.
Your Health Care Coverage Will Probably Change
Anyway: Even if you kept your private insurance,
eventually most remaining plans--whether employer plans or
individual plans--would have to conform to new federal benefit
standards. Moreover, the necessary plan "upgrades" will undoubtedly
cost you more in premiums.
- The Umpire Is Also the First Baseman: The main
argument for a "public option" is that it would increase
competition. However, if the federal government creates a health
care plan that it controls and also sets the rules for the private
plans, there is little doubt that Washington would put its private
sector "competitors" out of business sooner or later.
- The Fed Picks Your Treatment: President Obama
said: "They're going to have to give up paying for things that
don't make them healthier...If there's a blue pill and a red pill,
and the blue pill is half the price of the red pill and works just
as well, why not pay half for the thing that's going to make you
well." Does that sound like a government that will stay out of your
health care decisions?
- Higher Taxes Than Europe Hurt Small
Businesses: A proposed surtax on the wealthy, included in
the House Bill (H.R. 3200), will actually hit hundreds of thousands
of small business ownerswho are dealing with a recession. If it is
enacted, America's top earners and job creators will carry a larger
overall tax burden than France, Italy, Germany, Japan, etc., with a
total average tax rate greater than 52%. Is that the right recipe
for jobs and wage growth?
- Who Makes Medical Decisions? What is the right
medical treatment and should bureaucrats determine what Americans
can or cannot have? While the House and Senate language is vague,
amendments offered in House and Senate committees to block
government rationing of care were routinely defeated. Cost or a
federal health board could be the deciding factors. President Obama
himself admitted this when he said, "Maybe you're better off not
having the surgery, but taking the painkiller," when asked about an
elderly woman who needed a pacemaker.
- Taxpayer-Funded Abortions?Nineteen Democrats
recently asked the President to not sign any bill that doesn't
explicitly exclude "abortion from the scope of any
government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan" or any bill
that allows a federal health board to "recommend abortion services
be included under covered benefits or as part of a benefits
package." Currently, these provisions do not exist.
- It's Not Paid For: The CBO says the current
House plan would increase the deficit by $239 billion over 10
years. And that number will likely continue to rise over the long
term. Similar entitlement bills in the past, including Medicare,
have scored much lower than their actual eventual cost. A new study
released by the Peterson Foundation estimates the House bill would
add $1 trillion to the deficit in the second decade.
- Rushing It, Not Reading It: We've been down
this road before--with the failed stimulus package. Back then, we
also heard that we were in a crisis and that we needed to pass a
1,000-plus-page bill in a few hours--without reading it--or we
would have 8% unemployment. Well, we know what happened. One
Congressman even said it's pointless to read the reform bills
without two days and two lawyers to make sense of it. Deception is
the only reason to rush through a bill nobody truly
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