Government Takeover of Health Care Won't Lower Costs for Families But Will Kill American Jobs
The House Democrats’ $1.5 trillion government takeover of health care has a massive small business tax, plenty of new small business mandates, and plenty of new bureaucracy. But what’s missing? The legislation doesn’t contain any real reforms to help bring down the costs of health care on behalf of the American people. Instead, the Associated Press reports today that the director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is warning that the bill will actually RAISE health care costs, not lower them:
Today’s Wall Street Journal notes that rising costs are a major concern for small businesses, who will also be crushed by new job-killing taxes and mandates under the House Democrats’ bill:
Many employer groups have spent months pushing for an overhaul, hoping it would lower their health-care costs and make it easier for small businesses to buy coverage. But with the release of the House bill, employer groups ramped up criticism, saying employers can't afford new mandates.
A Gallup poll released this week confirmed that Americans’ top goal for health care reform is helping families deal with soaring costs for health care. In fact, by a 52 to 42 percent margin, Americans favored lowering health care costs over expanding health care coverage. So how do Democrats respond? With a plan that raises costs even higher. How is that reform?
House Republicans have proposed a better solution that actually addresses Americans’ concerns about out-of-control health care costs. For example, the House GOP plan:
So, what is the House Democrats’ answer for helping Americans deal with rising health care costs? A government takeover that places Washington bureaucrats in charge, raises health care costs even higher, and cuts Medicare, taking away health care choices for millions of seniors. That’s not the answer middle-class families and small businesses are looking for as they struggle with health care costs that show no sign of slowing down anytime soon.