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Details on the newest health care bill

Received via email from Senator John Thune (R-SD)

I [Senator Thune] am writing today to update you on the latest health care news in the U.S. Senate.  Despite President Obama’s promised desire to work with Republicans on a bi-partisan reform bill, Democrats in the Senate Finance Committee are voting down common sense Republican amendments on a mostly partisan basis.

Yesterday Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee blocked proposals by Republicans to:

  • Require that before the committee can vote on final passage of the health care bill the legislative language must be publicly available on the committee’s website for at least 72 hours
  • Preserve the Medicare Advantage plans and benefits that millions of seniors currently enjoy and would lose under the Democrats’ plan
  • Prohibit the establishment of a federal health care rationing board
  • Include medical malpractice liability reform measures in the bill to reduce costs caused by the practice of defensive medicine

And that’s not all.  In Wednesday’s hearing we learned that the cost of increased taxes on businesses in the bill will be passed on to consumers.

“… we have analyzed this as largely falling on the consumer and it could happen in a couple of different ways.” – Thomas Barthold, Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff.

We also learned that this legislation will raise insurance premiums.

“… our judgment is that that piece of the legislation would raise insurance premiums by roughly the amount of the money collected.”  — Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf

Read more coverage of the Congressional health care debate and learn more details about action in the Senate Finance Committee at my Health Freedom Blog.  Share your views, and sign my petition opposing government-run health care.

We should not spend a trillion dollars of taxpayer money on a health care bill that is not going to lower costs for consumers.

Thanks for your support.

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September 26, 2009 - Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. I think Obama is on to something; healthcare does need a “Change.” However, putting the government in charge? You and I both know where that is going to go.

    Our system is currently the best in the world, but you and I know that the system could always use some help. My question is whether or not you think that the system should be left completely alone, or should changes be made?

    Comment by jtadrate | September 26, 2009 | Reply

    • I could handle some reform, but with 80+% of the American people satisfied with the system as is I don’t see a need for a complete overhaul.

      Since I’ve bought individual health insurance policies for the last 15 years, I’ve been calling for equal tax treatment for people like me. Why can I only deduct a small percentage of my premiums while those with employer-based coverage pay no taxes on theirs. I’m for opening competition across state lines. It’s ridiculous that a state like California only has a handful of companies offering coverage.

      I’d also like to see the problem with illegals dealt with this way. We all know they get treatment in the emergency room. I’d like to see their bills deducted from aid we send to their country of origin, and if they happen to be a foreigner from a country we don’t send aid, deduct it from our UN dues and let them collect it.

      And here’s what may surprise some. There are those with such debilitating health conditions that insurance companies won’t even consider them, or if they do, the premiums are so high, only someone like Bill Gates could afford the premiums. Diabetics and cancer survivors I know fall into this category. It wouldn’t bother me to see the government offer them some sort of medicaid type program, but even with that I know politicians would just keep adding to the list until virtually everyone could get on the plan. I think we could deal with that by basing qualification for such a plan on the lowest available insurance premium for an individual. Set a floor and stick with it.

      I appreciate your comment and question.

      Comment by John Allison, III | September 26, 2009 | Reply

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