Daily Archives: Sept. 18, 2010

Pro-con on repealing health care reform

healthunclesamWe were told that most Americans would pay less for their health care. Yet the Obama administration’s own Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services just reported that health care costs will instead go up by over $1,000 per year by 2019 for a family of four. We were told that Obamacare would drive down the costs of health care. Yet health insurers asked for premium increases of up to 9 percent solely because of Obamacare. We were told that if you were happy with your current coverage, you wouldn’t need to change it at all. Yet under rules issued in June, the administration estimates that 51 percent of all employees and 66 percent of workers in small businesses would have their current plan changed within three years as a result of new mandates. We were told that Obamacare would protect senior citizens. Yet millions of seniors will lose their Medicare Advantage coverage, and millions more will have difficulty accessing health care at all due to a half-trillion dollar cut in Medicare. The American people don’t want government-run health care and are against Obamacare for good reason. That is why Revere America is working to repeal and replace this law with health care reforms the American people need. — former New York Gov. George Pataki, USA Today

By 2019, the nation’s health care bill will have surged to $4.6 trillion, or nearly 20 cents of every dollar spent in America. That comes to $13,652 per person, up from $8,389 last year. Outraged that you’ll be paying nearly two-thirds more than you do now? Ready to demand repeal of the reform law passed early this year? Think again. The estimate, from the actuarial department at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, actually amounts to a kind of tacit endorsement of the measure. That’s because the new law would have virtually no effect on the upward trajectory of health care spending, while bringing insurance coverage to an additional 32.5 million people and ending the worst insurance company abuses. Put another way, the controversial reform measure has enough cost controls to deliver protections to more Americans for roughly the same money as would have been spent otherwise. What it doesn’t have is enough controls to prevent health care from growing at unsustainable rates much higher than inflation. That’s not a reason to repeal health reform, but it is reason to revisit it. — USA Today editorial

Open thread 9/18

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Call for a bipartisan smoke-out

smoking2As House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, made news on CBS’ “Face the Nation” by suggesting he’d support excluding the richest Americans from an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts if that were “the only option,” host Bob Schieffer made a provocative suggestion of his own — that Boehner and President Obama have a bipartisan smoke-out. “Maybe the two of you could find a way to try to stop smoking,” said Schieffer, a cancer survivor. “That would be kind of a good thing, wouldn’t it?” Boehner, clearly irritated, said he appreciated the idea but emphasized that tobacco is a legal product. “I wish I didn’t have this bad habit, but it’s something that I choose to do,” he said. “You know, at some point, maybe I’ll decide I’ve had enough of it.”