You can now add the Obama Administration itself to the chorus of voices telling the American public that health costs will go up, not down, under the health care plan moving through the U.S. Senate.
Late last week, Richard Foster the Chief Actuary for the Centers for Medicare And Medicaid Services, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services, released a report
estimating that total health spending would increase by $234 billion more in the next ten years under Harry Reid’s bill than otherwise, and would comprise 20.9 percent of the economy by 2019. This official analysis showed that the Senate Democrats’ legislation could lead to price increases and negative changes in providers’ willingness to treat patients. Foster also said that the proposed cuts in Medicare payment updates to hospitals, doctors and other health care providers would be outpaced by the costs of expanding health insurance coverage.
Independent polling shows that Americans don’t want a government takeover of health care, yet the Democrats continue to push a plan that will raise taxes, increase the debt and put bureaucrats in charge of your health care. It is uncommon that the costs of a proposal are so astronomical that even the Obama Administration must take a moment’s pause, but this trillion dollar takeover of health care is no ordinary piece of legislation. It would re-order a full sixth of the United States economy and put the federal government firmly in charge of individual health care decisions.
Please, call your Senators today at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to start over on a common sense plan drafted in concert with Republicans that will lower costs and expand access without busting the federal budget.