Health Care Update: call your critters!

Update: Sen Jon Kyl (R-AZ) on the opt out


Blanche Lincoln AR (202) 224-4843 (202) 228-1371 Democrat

Kent Conrad ND (202) 224-2043 (202) 224-7776 Democrat

Olympia Snowe ME (202) 224-5344 (202) 224-1946 Republican

Ron Wyden OR (202) 224-5244 (202) 228-2717 Democrat

Update from MM -Reid’s ‘big’ announcement, the opt out that isnt an opt out:

(…)3:21pm Eastern. Reid announces “public option” with state “opt-out” provision until 2014. UPDATE: The option is supposedly to allow states to opt out through 2014, the CBO could never score it?!  How would states decie year to year if they were in or out? How would it be funded if states could just walk away anytime from now to 2014?

Reid says he will send to CBO in next few hours “a number of…anyway, proposals.”

“Public option has been talked about a lot. It’s something I believe in…I think it’s important that the matter we work on in the Senate have a public option.”

Reid talked to Snowe, who is opposed to any kind of public option. “We’ll have to move forward and hope she sees the wisdom of public option.” Reid describes Snowe as “frightened.”

Asked to explain how exactly state opt-out would work, Reid provides no specifics.

Reid says “there will be a co-op in this bill.”

Reid whines about lack of “moderate” Republicans. “I can count them on two fingers.”

Reminder of the tax rates coming under the health care bills, before any VAT they try to ram through, call your critters! Especially call Sen Ben Nelson, Sen Olympia Snowe, Sen Dorgan, Sen Bayh, AND SEN BLANCHE LINCOLN! the mod Dems IOW:

So the latest scoop is Harry Reid is going to dump the employer mandate but leave the individual mandate, thereby killing employer bennies that much quicker and leaving Americans with the burden of a lifetime…

I keep seeing Dems on the tube saying the public overwhelmingly supports a public option. Huh? The ONLY ‘overwhelming’ poll I have seen is disapproval of Congress. The polling is evenly split on a plan, any plan, since August. And the intensity is all against. The phrasing of the polling is such and the weighting, (20% GOP, 33% Dem?!?) is such that they are getting the cover they want to ram it down.

Even better, the House is reducing the subsidies so that the middle class, (the ones Joe Biden personally promised to look out for, HA HA AS IF)!, anyway WE will bear the brunt of it, AS ALWAYS!

Politico has details on the hit we will take in our household budgets if this goes through:

(…)Most telling is 2019, when the new system promises to be fully up and running. Estimates show the Senate bill will provide almost $100 billion then to support the expanded coverage; the House will be more than $140 billion or about 45 percent higher. Most affected are working-class families between 150 percent and 250 percent of poverty — part of the Democratic base.

Two recent papers published by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities speak to this concern in terms of the premiums and the co-pays required — as measured by the value of the policies provided.

A family of three making $46,000 a year — about 250 percent of the poverty line — would have to pay $4,349, or 9.5 percent of their income, under the Finance Committee bill to purchase insurance. That’s a fifth more than the House bill, yet the policy purchased would require the beneficiary to cover 30 percent of average coverage costs — twice the 15 percent requirement in the House bill.

The center estimates that the premium costs could absorb 55 percent of the family’s disposable income after paying fixed costs like rent, utilities, car payments, groceries and gasoline. The risk is that many will drop out or lawmakers will weaken the mandate that everyone get insurance….

And that is just the beginning, they cannot possibly cover all this spending without MORE TAXES…

Their newest plan? Politico reports again, move up some of the ‘good’ things so that we are not just paying taxes and fines with no benefit as they hit the midterm elections, the trouble with that is the CBO scored it TOTALLY DIFFERENTLY with the fines and taxes first THEN the bens in 2013, if they switch things around the CBO needs to rescore!:

…Democrats are anxious to mix the good with the bad since some of the pain would be phased in early, including more than $100 billion in industry fees that critics say could be passed on to consumers.

“We want to be able, within the cost framework and the implementation framework, to have as much start as early as possible, even though we know all of it can’t,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), a Finance Committee member who is working with other senators on the effort. “And the White House wants to have as much as possible to start.”

Under the Democratic wish-list, senior citizens would receive discounts on brand-name drugs next year. Small businesses that provide insurance would see tax credits. And a $5 billion high-risk pool would cover people with preexisting conditions….



*Senses Fail montage courtesy of senses236

October 26, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes.

One Comment

  1. Gault replied:

    If this thing passes, it is game over for the dems and the repubs. I am looking for a 3rd party to emerge strong for 2012 for the top office, and I am sure the dems and repubs will lose a lot of offices next year.

    The people want change, but I have a feeling that it is not what the dems and repubs are thinking.

    I am asking people to vote against repubs and dems, andybody but the politicians that are there now or have been in the past.


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