Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Obama's Health Care promises a farce

Tonight President Obama goes before the nation to pitch his unversal health care plan to the american public. Unfortunately for many Americans who believe what they here from the President, there is a marked difference between what he is saying about the program, and reality. According to a new study of the plan by the Lewin Group, an independent health care consulting firm, much of what the president has been saying and will say tonight are flat untruths:
According to the study, most Americans who are presently insured will be worse off under the plan. Approximately 103 million people would be covered under the new public plan and as a consequence about 83.4 million people would lose their private insurance. This would represent a 48.4 percent reduction in the number of people with private coverage.
About 88.1 million workers would see their current private, employer-sponsored health plan go away and would be shifted to the public plan.
Yearly premiums for the typical American with private coverage could go up by as much as $460 per privately insured person, as a result of increased cost-shifting stemming from a public plan modeled on Medicare.
Arizonans would be stuck with this plan and its costs while our Congressional representatives and Senators would be exempt. Chair of the House Nancy Pelosi recently requested that the bill only tax household incomes under $1 million instead of the requested $350,000. Why? Does she feel sorry for American small business owners and farmers who fall into this middle income criteria? No. Pelosi realized that if the $350,000 tax 'surcharge were passed, she would have to pay, even though she was covered separately under congress's health care plan. She didn't think it would be fair to have to pay for health care she was't recieveing.
So why is it unfair for Nancy Pelosi and Raul Grijalva but okay for hardworking Arizonans? It looks like Blue Dog Democrats, fearful of their reelection campaigns, are going to hold off the vote on this until after the August break. Why not ask your representative to pledge to include themselves in this rotten health care fiasco. Ask Grijalva how this is going to be paid for when all budget estimates say it will add a trillion dollars to the national debt Ask him what his response will be when China, Saudi Arabia or Russia, who hold most of that debt, ask for defense secrets or access to American markets through land purchases in Arizona in exchange for continuing to carry that increasing debt Wake up Arizona!

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