Health Care Reform: H.R. 3962

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Here's what the Heritage Foundation said after Tuesday's announcement that Harry Reid had agreed to yet
another so-called compromise on ObamaCare in an attempt to secure the vote of Senator Joseph Lieberman:

"According to recent reports, the Medicare buy-in compromise that Majority leader Reid (D-NV) and President
Barack Obama heralded as the grand health care compromise just last week, is now dead. Sen. Joe Lieberman
(I-CT) is being credited with killing Reid’s deal, and some are even suggesting that the entire idea of a public
option is dead. But do not be fooled." [Emphasis Mine]

     "Do not be fooled." We could not have said it any better.

     The game hasn't changed... they're doing it yet again... what you've seen thus far is nothing more than
another attempt by Barack Obama, Harry Reid and the ultra-liberal majority in the U.S. Senate to ram the
latest version of ObamaCare down the throats of the American people before leaving Washington for their
Christmas vacation…

     …That’s literally just days from now.

     When Harry Reid announced his first so-called compromise last week, ultra-liberal Congressman Anthony
Weiner (D-NY), a major proponent of ObamaCare, called it "an unvarnished, complete victory for people like
me. It’s the mother of all public options. ... Never mind the camel’s nose; we’ve got his head and neck under
the tent.” Tuesday's developments did not change that one iota.

     Heritage said again:

"Through incremental expansions of government programs like the State Children’s Health Insurance (SCHIP)
program the left has been slowly moving us closer to single payer government run health care system for
decades. Obamacare will only accelerate that trend; the only question is how fast. You can’t take the public
option out of Obamacare. Obamacare is a public plan."

     What more needs to be said? This latest compromise (like all the others before it) is nothing more than
yet another brazen con job... yet another fraud designed to shove government-run health care down our

     You can help stop Harry Reid’s cynical ploy by barraging the politicians in Washington with the most
effective grassroots lobbying tool available to patriotic Americans like us... personalized blast faxes.

     Join us in telling them, in no uncertain terms, that the American people are not fooled by this latest
ploy to shove government-run health care down the throats of the American people. Demand they defeat
ObamaCare once and for all.

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The House Passes Health-care Bill - 11-09-09

A look at how members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted:

Update on Heath Care Reform - 11-03-09

Since all Americans have a stake in health care reform, it is important that we continue to facilitate a dialogue about the existing proposals, both in the House of Representatives and the Senate. You may be aware that House Democrats recently introduced a new version of health care reform, H.R. 3962. Speaker Pelosi has indicated the House will vote on this nearly 2,000 page bill this week. You can read the full legislative text of the bill by clicking here.

I am opposed to H.R. 3962, as currently written.  First and foremost, the bill includes a "government option" insurance plan, which sets the stage for a government takeover of healthcare, effectively limiting health care choices for millions of Americans.

Given the current economic environment and unprecedented spending occurring in Washington, it is also important to consider the overall financial costs of this proposal, which are staggering. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that the bill will cost nearly $1 trillion.

To finance the proposal, the bill contains a nearly $400 billion cut to Medicare.  This also includes cuts to the Medicare Advantage program, which enrolls approximately 30,000 senior citizens in the 7th Congressional District. These cuts could severely impact both our senior citizens and medical professionals who provide their care.  In addition, the bill will result in increased costs to small-businesses and middle-income families. A recent study cited in a Wall Street Journal article suggests that an average four person family living in Columbus, Ohio could see their premiums increase by 122 percent, while a small business with eight employees would see premiums jump by 86 percent.  Small businesses would be forced to either offer health care to their employees or pay a penalty of up to 8 percent of their payroll.  The bill will also impose a fine on individuals who choose not to enroll in an insurance plan.

Finally, the drafting of H.R. 3962 largely took place behind closed doors and did not include a provision that would require Members of Congress to enroll in the new "government option" plan. If it is good enough for the American people, it should be good enough for Members of Congress. This is a clear example of a process completely devoid of transparency and accountability.  

I have consistently argued that we need reform, but reform should not take the shape of a massive government takeover of our health care system. There are a number of effective approaches we can take to lower costs while also improving the quality, affordability and accessibility of health care for all Americans.  It is important that the American people continue to express their opinions about this important issue.

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