Health Care Update

Dear Policy Patriots -

Thank you for joining 1.34 million of Americans in your support of the Free Our Health Care NOW! petition against government-run health care.

The Worst Bill Ever! Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sent her version of health care reform to the House last week. The Wall Street Journal pulled no punches in "The Worst Bill Ever," its sharply critical assessment of Pelosi's proposals in which it decried the bill as possibly being "the worst piece of post-New Deal legislation ever introduced." We couldn't have said it better.

We've identified 8 REASONS why the Wall Street Journal's assessment is spot-on. If you agree, we urge you to TAKE ACTION. You can join us in the fight against the worst bill ever. Tell your representatives to JUST SAY NO!

  1. The Affordable Health Care for America Act will cost upwards of $2 trillion over 10 years. Ms. Pelosi promised $829 billion. Initial Congressional Budget Office (CBO) figures suggested $1.055 trillion. However, these estimates assume that:
    • Doctors accept more than 20% cuts in Medicare payments for their services.
    • Middle-class Americans accept an arbitrary distribution of benefits.
    • Congress 'finds' additional funding in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The budgetary reality is, however, that these assumptions won't materialize and, instead, costs will rise beyond CBO expectations, racing towards $2 trillion.

  1. The Affordable Health Care for America Act is a government-takeover of the U.S. health care system. Under Pelosi's plan, the federal government will tell you what insurance you have to buy, where you have to buy it and what you will pay. If you refuse to purchase government-approved insurance, the government will assess a penalty tax on 2.5% of your income. If you don't pay the fine, you could go to jail.
  2. The Affordable Health Care for America Act will force millions from their current insurance plans. Despite President Obama's frequent promise that "you can keep your current plan, if you like it," that won't be true. These Americans will be forced from their current coverage into to Medicaid, where rationing-by-waiting already exists, or into a health insurance exchange where health plans will have an economic incentive to under-provide to the sick.

FIGHT BACK! Clearly, Pelosi's 'solution' to the health care crisis isn't a solution. Fortunately, you can fight back: click on the link below and send a letter to Congress. Tell your Reps to JUST SAY NO!

Still not convinced that you should act? Consider this:

  1. The Affordable Health Care for America Act will result in higher health care spending, despite President Obama's promises to control costs. At present, the unfunded liability for Medicare is currently $37 trillion over the next 75 years and the combined unfunded liability of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is estimated at $107 trillion, roughly 7 times the size of the U.S. economy. By creating yet another massive entitlement program, Pelosi's proposal will dramatically expand the federal deficit and significantly increase the size of the burden of the federal government's unfunded liabilities.
  2. The Affordable Health Care for America Act will lower the quality of care for millions of Americans. Pelosi's pitch will force millions of Americans out of good health insurance plans and into inferior plans.
  3. The Affordable Health Care for America Act will specifically target Medicare funding. Pelosi's plan will steal $426 billion from future Medicare spending as well as immediately taking $170 billion from Medicare Advantage, a program that currently gives 20% of America's seniors private insurance options.

FIGHT BACK! Most Americans don't want the stuff Pelosi is peddling. In fact, Congressional liberals have taken a desperate gamble: attempting to push their legislation through before public opinion turns completely against them. Incredibly, they're committed to a 'before we're run out of town on a rail' form of governing. You don't have to put up with this! Click on the link below and send a letter to Congress. Tell your Reps to JUST SAY NO!

Still don't believe that you should take action? Think about this:

  1. The Affordable Health Care for America Act will increase taxes on businesses and punish economic growth. Pelosi's proposal will raise $572 billion in new taxes, the lion's share of the burden falling disproportionately on small businesses. What's more, if these businesses fail to pay at least 72.5% of their workers' insurance premiums, the federal government will hit them with an additional 8% payroll tax. The result of these new taxes will be to constrict job creation and slow economic growth.
  2. The Affordable Health Care for America Act will 'tax' states. Pelosi's bill will create a joint state-federal program which would force state lawmakers to assume $34 billion in new spending, despite the fact that no state can easily afford it and several states-New York and California, for instance-have budgets that are already awash in red ink.

FIGHT BACK! We don't want this and neither should you. The American people deserve better and we're fighting to see that they get it. Join in the fight! Click on the link below and send a letter to Congress. Tell your Reps to JUST SAY NO!

Thank you again for your support of the "Free Our Health Care NOW!" and for fighting against government-run health care. This is a fight worth fighting!

Warm regards,

Jeanette Nordstrom
National Center for Policy Analysis
www.ncpa.org


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