- The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation - http://blog.heritage.org -
The Reid Compromise Does Nothing to Improve A Very Bad Senate Health Bill
Posted By Nina Owcharenko On December 10, 2009 @ 10:00 am In Obamacare | Comments Disabled
Although the details have not been released, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has floated yet another potential “compromise” to his health care bill. There appear to be two broad elements: a federal insurance plan run by the Office of Personal Management and a Medicare buy-in option for Americans over 55.
Don’t Be Fooled. There is nothing new or original about these ideas. Both these policies have been recycled from previously failed efforts. Senator John Kerry’s (D-MA) health care proposal  from his 2004 failed Presidential bid included a federal plan run by the Office of Personal Management (OPM). The Medicare buy-in was proposed  by President Clinton in 2000. Those ideas were bad when they were introduced and are no better today.
Still Plenty Wrong With The Bill. Regardless of the merits of Majority Leader Reid’s latest attempt at a compromise, there is plenty wrong with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – massive consolidation of regulatory authority  over health care to the federal government; unintended consequences  of the employer mandate; constitutional concerns  over the individual mandate; inequities created  through the subsidy structure; massive Medicaid expansion ; Medicare “savings” shifted  out of Medicare; and a flood of new taxes  that impact Americans regardless of income – to name just a few.
Article printed from The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation: http://blog.heritage.org
URL to article: http://blog.heritage.org/2009/12/10/the-reid-compromise-does-nothing-to-improve-a-very-bad-senate-health-bill/
URLs in this post:
 health care proposal: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/upload/70418_1.pdf
 proposed: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/upload/10401_1.pdf
 massive consolidation of regulatory authority: http://www.foundry.org/2009/11/20/the-senate-health-bill-federal-micromanagment-of-health-insurance/
 unintended consequences: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/wm2716.cfm
 constitutional concerns: http://www.heritage.org/Research/LegalIssues/lm0049.cfm
 inequities created: http://www.foundry.org/2009/12/07/how-the-senate-health-bill-creates-inequities-among-american-workers/
 Medicaid expansion: http://www.foundry.org/2009/11/19/the-senate-health-bill-medicaid-and-class-act-provisions/
 Medicare “savings” shifted: http://www.foundry.org/2009/12/07/honest-medicare-budgeting-in-health-care-reform/
 flood of new taxes: http://www.foundry.org/2009/11/19/the-senate-health-bill-higher-taxes-from-harry-reid/
Copyright © 2011 The Heritage Foundation. All rights reserved.