From MI Congressman Thaddeus McCotter. Very interesting, please read if you want to know the facts.
As you know, on September 17, 2009, Representative Charles Rangel (NY) introduced the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590). Before H.R. 3590 became the Senate vehicle for government-run health care, H.R. 3590 would have provided a first-time homebuyer tax credit for those in the military.
Now, as enacted, H.R. 3590:
- Establishes a government-run health program and controls care through the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research, which was created through buried language in the Stimulus Bill (H.R.1), and was awarded a center under the new bill;
- Demands all American citizens acquire health insurance and forces everyone to pay an individual mandate tax, including families making less than $66,150;
- Creates federal mandates raising the standard for basic minimum coverage; which the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) stated would cause higher premiums for individuals and families;
- Cuts over $500 billion from Medicare, even though more people are entering the Medicare system, such as $202.3 billion from the Medicare Advantage program, $10 billion from Medicare part D, and reductions to funding supporting Medicare physician payment coverage, durable medical equipment, preventative services, and Social Security;
- Allows taxpayer funding for abortions because, although President Obama promised to prevent this occurrence with an Executive Order, this language was not passed in the bill and thus, is not the law;
- Adds 30 million new people to a system where the amount of doctors will be reduced by 46 percent by 2013, according to a survey conducted by The Medicus Firm, at a time where the field should be expanded by 20 percent, resulting in decreased quality of care;
- Increases taxes by $569.2 billion, as estimated by the CBO, including $52 billion in new taxes on employers who cannot afford to pay their employees’ health care during a time where unemployment is 9.7 percent; and
- Costs $1.2 trillion over the next ten (10) years, according to the CBO, which includes the $940 billion in coverage subsidies, $144.2 billion in additional mandatory spending, $70 billion in discretionary spending, and $41.6 billion in unrelated education spending.
On December 24, 2009, the Senate passed H.R. 3590 by a partisan vote of 60-39. Nevertheless, despite my opposition, on March 21, 2010, the House passed H.R. 3590, regardless of bipartisan opposition, by a vote of 219-212 (0 Republicans in favor and 34 Democrats in opposition).
On March 23, 2010 President Obama signed H.R. 3590 into law (PL 111-148). On March 17, 2010, Representative John Spratt, Jr. (SC) introduced H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. This legislation was used as a tool to circumvent the Senate rules of procedure in order to hastily make changes to H.R. 3590. As enacted, H.R. 4872 amends H.R. 3590 relating to Medicare and Medicaid and alters federal student loan programs.
Nonetheless, despite my opposition, on March 21, 2010, the House passed H.R. 4872 even with bipartisan opposition, by a vote of 220-211 (0 Republicans in favor and 33 Democrats in opposition). On March 25, 2010, the Senate passed H.R. 4872 by a bipartisan vote of 56-43. Presently, H.R. 4872 awaits signage by President Obama.
Only Washington would consider health care reform a bill resulting in fewer doctors and more IRS agents.
Thus, House Republicans, centrist Democrats and – most importantly – the majority of the American people will fight to repeal and improve this government takeover of health care and achieve free market based, patient-centered wellness by:
- Reforming medical liability laws;
- Ending exclusions for pre-existing conditions;
- Expanding health savings accounts;
- Providing tax credits for purchasing private health insurance;
- Allowing association health plans;
- Permitting health insurance purchases across state lines;
- Encouraging individuals to insure against changes in health status;
- Incentivizing preventative health care; and,
- Applying information technology to enhance transparency and increase efficiencies.
All this can be achieved without trillions in new spending, taxes, and government-dictated, radical changes to Americans’ current health care.
As families lose their jobs, their homes, and their dreams for their children; as our troops fight and sacrifice in foreign fields for our liberty and security, President Obama’s obsessive-compulsive pursuit of an abominable government takeover of health care has defied the public’s objections, despoiled “The People’s House,” and further alienated Americans from their representative government.
Should you have any further comments or questions on this or any other issue, please contact me at the Livonia or Milford district or Washington, D.C. office.
I work for you.
Thaddeus G. McCotter
Member of Congress