Healthcare Talking Points from the GOP Side

These are the talking points that are being distributed by the GOP at:  http://barackobamaexperiment.com/advocacy/hc-talking-points

This is such an important issue.  Seeing Obama’s brief press conference today, he is definitely pissed off that everyone is not falling into line.  I will be posting further information as well, including the numbers for the Blue Dog Democrats so that you can call and show your support of them saying no.  Information is important as you talk to your families and co-workers – not only do we have to battle the LIBS but also the Culture of Apathy that has more people talking about Michael Jackson rather than the enormous issues that are facing our country today.

Health Care Talking Points

Health care costs too much for American families and small businesses and we need reform.

  • Republicans support common sense reforms that will control cost, preserve quality and provide the health care that Americans deserve.
  • President Obama’s proposal will increase costs, taxes and the national debt and will harm the quality of health care.

President Obama’s health care plan will cost trillions of dollars, raise every American’s taxes and worsen already staggering federal deficits.

  • To pay for their health care reform plan, President Obama and the Democrats in Congress propose raising taxes on businesses, eliminating existing tax breaks for businesses that provide health care for their employees now, eliminating existing tax breaks for medical savings accounts and creating new taxes on alcohol, sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks and iced tea.
    • “Democrats are eyeing a cornucopia of new taxes — some of which would violate Obama’s $250,000 vow… House Democrats are considering numerous tax hikes ranging from a national ‘value-add tax’ on consumer goods, higher income taxes on people making more than $250,000 a year, an increase in the Medicare payroll tax and new taxes on sugary soft drinks and alcohol. Any broad-based tax on consumer goods would apply to people below Obama’s $250,000 threshold.” (Jeffrey Young, “Dems To Show How They Will Find $1 Trillion”, The Hill, 7/6/09)
  • President Obama’s plan will cost more than we actually have to spend.
    • “President Obama’s plan to expand health coverage to the uninsured is likely to dig the nation deeper into debt.” (Lori Montgomery, Shailagh Murray & Ceci Connolly, “Obama’s Health Plan Needs Spending Controls, CBO Says,” The Washington Post, 6/17/09)
  • The federal government has already spent trillions of dollars on bailouts for banks and auto companies and on a stimulus bill that is increasing government spending, not jobs. The Democrats health care plan will cost over a trillion dollars in additional federal spending. That’s $7,199 for every taxpayer in America today.
    • Average Taxpayer Would Pay $7,199 To Pay For $1 Trillion Government-Run Health Care Plan. When dividing cost of government-run health care ($1 trillion) by number of income tax returns in 2007 (138,893,908), the result would be $7,199. (Tax Return Numbers From Internal Revenue Service, http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/taxstats/article/0,,id=102886,00.html, Accessed 6/12/09)
    • “During his presidential campaign, President Barack Obama promised the American people a ‘net spending cut.’ Instead, he signed a ‘stimulus’ bill that spends $800 billion, and he has proposed a budget that would… Double the publicly held national debt to over $15 trillion ($12.5 trillion after inflation).” (Brien Riedl, “The Obama Budget: Spending, Taxes, and Doubling the National Debt,” The Heritage Foundation Backgrounder #2249, 3/16/09)

The president’s plan will make private health insurance more expensive – not more affordable – and harm the quality of care families receive.

  • Private health insurance will end up costing more if they have to compete against a government-run plan.
    • “But the federal government isn’t competition. It is the health care equivalent of Bigfoot, with so many Americans on its rolls that it dictates prices for doctors, drugs, and other benefits. It sets low prices, to be sure, lower than many insurers are able to match. But that just means those doctors and hospitals recoup the losses by shifting costs onto those with private insurance — amounting to an estimated $89 billion a year, one insurance exec told a Senate committee a few months ago. A new public option may start small. But it could easily crowd out private plans depending on how premiums, benefits and subsidies are structured.” (Editorial, “Hope and Experience,” The Chicago Tribune, 6/16/09)
  • Government-run plans will lead to the government setting standards of care, instead of doctors who really know what’s best.
    • “The limits of single-payer insurance are a consequence of a common political reality: if governments fund it, governments wear it. Once the so-called single-payer system is in place, government insurers are obliged to manage costs politically, making decisions about capital investments, technology, and even the supply of licensed medical professionals based on short-term budgetary or political priorities.” (Dr. David Gratzer, Committee on Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, U.S. House of Representatives, Testimony, 6/10/09, p. 4)

The president’s plan will not allow Americans to keep their health insurance and doctors – it will force Americans into his government-run plan.

  • Most Americans are happy with the care that they have but will lose it under a government-run health care system. A government-run plan backed by tax dollars and subsidies will undercut private insurance rates, force private insurers out of business and cause many Americans to join the public plan, even if they like their plan and their current doctor.
    • Democrats Plan Would Result In Employers Canceling the Insurance for 10 Million Americans. “Looking at one year—2017—as an example, CBO estimates that, under the HELP proposal, about 147 million people would have employer-sponsored insurance in that year, 15 million fewer than would have such insurance under current law. What changes would produce that result? … [S]ome employers would decide not to offer their employees health insurance coverage, opting instead to provide other forms of compensation. CBO estimates that about 10 million individuals who would be covered through an employer’s plan under current law would not have access to that coverage under the draft legislation because some employers would choose not to offer it.” (Douglas W. Elmendorf, “How The HELP Committee’s Draft Legislation Would Affect Employer-Sponsored Insurance,” Congressional Budget Office’s “Director’s Blog,” 6/16/09)
  • Employers, especially small businesses, will stop offering private health care plans because their employees could get coverage through the government-run plan.
    • CBO Says Small Business Employees Among Those That Could Lose Health Insurance Under Dems’ Plan. “Small companies paying lower wages such as Alfonso’s are exactly what the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had in mind this month when it estimated as many as 15 million people could lose the benefits they currently receive through their jobs under a Democratic proposal to overhaul health care.” (John Fritze, “Small Businesses Wary Of Health Care Legislation,” USA Today, 6/28/09)
  • Americans should not be forced into a new government-run health care plan that would eliminate the health coverage that more than 100 million Americans currently receive through their job and limit their choice of doctors and medical treatment options.
  • Government-Run Health Care Could Drive 119 Million Americans From Their Current Plans. “President Obama and Senator Baucus have proposed to create an ‘exchange’ offering individuals and employers a selection of health plans. They also propose to create a new ‘public plan’ that would compete for enrollment with private insurance plans in the exchange … Due to this substantial cost advantage, we estimate that up to 119.1 million of the 171.6 million people who now have private employer or non-group coverage would move to the public plan (70 percent).” (The Lewin Group, “The Cost and Coverage Impacts of a Public Plan: Alternative Design Options,” 3/6/09)
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