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More Broken Health Care Promises
Posted By Nina Owcharenko On December 18, 2009 @ 1:21 pm In Health Care | 4 Comments
New analysis confirms that the health care bills moving the House and Senate will break the many promises President Obama made to the American people. As the details of the legislation are exposed, it is no wonder that Americans are growing uneasy over the direction the legislation has taken.
The Chief Actuary for the President ’s own Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued an extensive analysis  of the pending Reid bill and House-passed bill. The Lewin Group also released an analysis  of the House and Senate bills. These reports provide a comprehensive overview and impact of the legislation. Here are a few important facts from the reports:
More Health Care Spending, Not Less
A key argument by the President and Congress for health care has been to bring health care spending down. However, both studies expose that instead of bring health care spending down, the House and Senate bills would increase health care spending.
Adds to the Deficit, Not Reduces
In his address to Congress, the President promised the American people the bill would not add one dime to the deficit. While that may be technically correct, it is does not show the whole picture. The House and Senate bills excluded – not by accident – the costly provisions to the Medicare physician payment formula. The Lewin Group considered the impact of incorporating the costly physician payments changes into the larger health care bill to show the full impact on the deficit.
Costs and Premiums Go Up for Many
Although not highlighted as often anymore, the President promised that health insurance premiums would go down as a result of these bills. The analysis by Lewin Group actually shows there are big losers under the Senate and House bills.
Loss of Employer Based Coverage
As a result of the structure of the House and Senate bills, many employers would find it advantageous to drop their existing coverage. Therefore, workers who currently have employer-based coverage would be transitioned out of their existing coverage.
No Choice for the Poor
One major theme of the health care debate has been to increase choice and competition in the health care system. Unfortunately, according the Actuary’s report and the Lewin Group, millions of uninsured Americans will not have choice, but forced to join a poor quality, government-run health care plan – Medicaid.
Millions Remain Uninsured
Besides claims to bend health care spending down, advocates for these proposals claim expanding coverage as a major goal for the trillion dollars legislative proposals. However, according to the Actuaries report and the Lewin analysis, millions of people would still remain uninsured under the House and Senate bills.
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URLs in this post:
 Chief Actuary for the President: http://www.heritage.org/research/healthcare/upload/OACTMemoHR3962.pdf
 extensive analysis: http://s3.amazonaws.com/thf_media/2009/pdf/OACTMemoFinImpactHR3590.pdf
 analysis: http://www.pgpf.org/resources/lewin-senate-house-comparison.pdf
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