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Congress Retains "CADILLAC CARE


October 28, 2009

1.) "You will pay less"- The Congressional Budget Office has stated that the plans now being debated will increase overall health care costs, yet the President last month repeatedly said that his reform would reduce costs and save Americans money. But, no matter how many times the President says it, the truth is everyone will pay more-much much more-in both higher premiums and higher taxes. The final health-care bill will cost more than $1.5 trillion dollars over the next ten years. That means much higher taxes for everyone. If one totals up all the new taxes in the House Democratic health reform bill-the income surtax, the penalties on small businesses and individuals that do not buy into the government health plan, as well as other fees and taxes- the cost to taxpayers will top $1.5 trillion dollars. In addition, a study by the Council for Affordable Health Insurance has estimated that the Presidents' proposals could increase premiums by 75 to 95%.

2.) "Quality will improve"- Anyone who believes a government takeover of the health-care system will improve quality of care has only to look at the health-care programs the government already runs! The Veterans Administration is riddled with problems- suicides among veterans average 18 a day by the governments' estimation, and a backlog of disability claims for post-traumatic stress disorder and other untreated ailments are nearly 1 million. Veterans for Common Sense brought a suit two years ago, claiming systemic failures in the government processing of disability claims and appeals of denied coverage. In fact, they claim 3000 veterans die each year while their appeals are pending, a process that takes almost two years on average. Don't believe anyone would choose the V.A. as their primary coverage unless they had to!! President Obama recently endorsed the creation of another government board with the power to dictate how your doctor practices medicine and all but endorsed the rationing prevalent in nationalized health-care systems around the world.

The liberal media and the "talking points" on the "radical left" claim that there are 45 million people who do not have health insurance or an alarming 15% of the population. However, facts behind these numbers are very revealing. A full 16% of the uninsured have incomes above $75,000 a year and could obviously afford health insurance if they chose to buy it. Roughly a third of those lacking insurance earn $50,000 a year or more. 4 in 10 are 18 to 34 years old- an age range where health-care spending averaged less than $1000 a year out of pocket. As many as 14 million –mostly children- are already eligible for taxpayer funded health insurance via Medicaid or SCHIP. They have not enrolled yet because Medicaid and children's health programs allow patients to be signed up literally in the ER. 1 in 5 or approximately 10 million are illegal immigrants, who do get care in emergency wards in every state. Of the remaining uninsured, 6 million lack health insurance for 4 to 8 months. The bottom line: about 8 million Americans, not 45 million Americans, are chronically uninsured and low-income. In some ways, of course, even they are covered- like those illegal immigrants they can find care in emergency rooms. They are covered for the strokes, heart attacks, car accidents, etc. These facts paint quite a different picture-don't they??

Here is a one paragraph overview of how President Obama's health-care legislation would work. It would be staffed with actuaries, economists, government doctors and of course the usual experts and czars. It will determine which health-care procedures, remedies, and treatments are cost-effective and which are not. Then it will decide which ones will get paid and which won't. We say "Just Say No!!"

We urge our members and their employers to keep up the pressure on politicians who are tempted to ignore the opinions expressed at town hall meetings and make sure they don't vote for Presidents Obama's socialistic agenda

Malcolm Lunn
Chairman of the Board
United Small Business of America

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