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Health Care Reform and the Deficit

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Obama's promise that health care reform will not add to the deficit.

A budget-buster in the making   By David S. Broder   Sunday, November 22, 2009       It's simply not true that America is ambivalent about everything when it comes to the Obama health plan. The day after the … see full wiki

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People who reside in the "real" world know the score.

  • Nov 23, 2009
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In any number of his speeches and press conferences President Obama has pledged that health insurance reform will not add to our federal budget deficit over the next decade.  Anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of economics knows in their gut that this proposition is poppycock.  The vast majority of the American people sure aren't buying it.  The people who go to work, obey the law and pay taxes believe by an overwhelming majority that the President will not be able to keep his word on this and that the net result of government run health care will be significantly higher taxes and deep cuts in programs like Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health programs.    

Frequently cited by journalists, public officials and researchers, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll regularly surveys citizens around the nation about political races, state and national elections, and issues of public concern.  The Quinnipiac University Poll is respected around the nation for the exactness and thoroughness of its polling methodology and the results are featured regularly in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and on national network news broadcasts.   In a poll conducted just this week the American people let it be known that they are simply not buying into the notion that health care reform will be "revenue neutral"

In the November 22nd edition of The Washington Post columnist David Broder (a long-time liberal) wrote a column entitled "A budget-buster in the making".  In his column Mr. Broder cites the results of the latest Quinnipiac poll which found among other things that "less than one-fifth of the voters--19 percent of the sample--think the President will keep his word. Nine of 10 Republicans and eight of 10 independents said that whatever passes will add to the torrent of red ink.  By a margin of four to three even Democrats agreed this is likely."  Mr. Broder goes on to say "Every expert I have talked to says that the public has it right.  These bills, as they stand , are budget- busters."

People who own small businesses, work with budgets and manage households instinctively know that the kind of health care reform currently being rushed through Congress would be a debacle.  They understand that many of the proposals currently being advanced on Capitol Hill have been cobbled together by  pointy-headed academics who now call the shots in Washington, D.C. and who have no concept of what life is like for most average Americans.  Democrats always talk about their empathy for "working families" but these are the people who will be hurt the most by this bill.  Perhaps this is why so many Americans are being drawn to Sarah Palin right now.  People are looking for someone, anyone, who they can relate to.  These folks desperately want their problems and concerns to be taken into consideration before any bill is passed and signed into law.  I guess at the end of the day where you stand on health care reform depends on who you believe.  Do you believe the President and the Democratic leaders in Congress or do you trust the judgment of the American people?     For me the choice is abundantly clear. 
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December 21, 2009
Big business is never the answer either. Corporate profit cannot and should not  be a consideration when we discuss this issue and yet it is often the only consideration.
 
November 24, 2009
I read a good portion of HR 3200 and questioned staffers in my Congressman's office about it. They either lied to me, or chose to read the cliff notes version and believe it. What I read was troubling. One essential element in that version of the bill that worried me was the stipulation that insurance companies would be unable to ever change the terms of insurance after day one year one of the bill enactment. Dependants could remain covered under their parents coverage, but upon reaching emancipation would have to go on the government option. Business paid insurance would remain in place for employees, but the employees (or users) were grandfathered, not the plan...so new employees did not have an option, unless they used portability to bring a plan with them...not sure how that would work. I am sure those items were addressed deep in the annals of the bill somewhere. The fiscal issues you mention are another worrisome issue. We collect revune for ten years to pay for four years of coverage...that means that the following ten years (given the conservative estimates, deep cuts and tax increases) would still result in a sixty percent increase in cost over the next ten years, even if the spending remained the same. In other words, a half trillion dollar shortfall. And that is using their own, extremely biased numbers. Given the track record of the CBO, I would suggest those numbers would be drastically higher. Not to mention the fact that increaased demand would drive up costs for certain procedures, creating "de facto" rationing and inflation. I am certain inflation caused by a twenty percent increase on supply was not factored in to the numbers. The entire solution proposed in this reform is suspect. I am pro reform. Let's find smart ways to save money and improve coverage. Big government is never a solution.
 
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