DeGette – Heath Care

Aurora, Co. 80014

Representative Diana DeGette
2335 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4431

Dear Representative Degette.

As a Colorado Citizen, I see you approve of Americas Affordable Health Choices Act and believe the act will “reform our health care system and ensure affordable, quality care for all Americans”. Further, you say on your web site, the bill is “an American solution that builds upon what works in our health care system and fixes what is broken. It puts patients – not profits – first, while reducing the burden of ballooning health care costs on American families, businesses, and our fiscal future.”

You must be talking about the house bill you and your fellow house members are insured under, because the bill I read certainly does not do those things for those it will cover. It is clear you have not read the bill. Let me tell you what the bill contains and what Coloradans don’t like about the bill, now that we have had a chance to study it.

The lie that I can keep own insurance.

First, on page 16, the bill tells us that when we change jobs, retire, or my employer decides to stop providing health insurance (why not quit insuring, now the government has a plan), I will be required to choose from more a expensive private plan or the cheaper Government insurance or be “fined” with higher taxes. We don’t like that portion of the bill because it is clear that my President and Congress will lie to me about what is in the bill, and think we are that easy to fool.

The lie about the bill being “revenue neutral.”

According to CBO’s and JCT’s assessment, “enacting H.R. 3200 would result in anet increase in thefederal budget deficit of $239 billion over the 2010-2019 period.That estimate reflects a projected 10-year cost of the bill’s insurance coverage provisions of $1,042 billion, partly offset by net spending changes that CBO estimates would save $219 billion over the same period.and by revenue provisions that JCT estimates would increase federal revenues by about $583 billion over those 10 years.” We don’t like the cost of the Bill, because, My God! They have lied to us about the cost, too.

In an article published by the Heritage Foundation, “The House Health Care Bill: A Blueprint For Government Control:.By Robert P. Moffit, Ph.D, points out a number things We don’t like about the bill.

The Bill Pays Out At Medicare Rates To Doctors and Hospitals.

According to Moffit, “The public plan’s payment to providers would be based on Medicare payment rates plus 5 percent, which is only 60% of the true cost. The Lewin Group estimates that, by using the Medicare payment rates and opening up the plan to all employees, as the bill would provide, the House bill could result in up to 113.5 million people losing private coverage.. Lewin estimates that cost shifting to private plans from the public plan would amount to an additional $460 per person for those remaining in private insurance,while physician and hospital revenues, under such a scenario, would decline significantly. “We don’t like that aspect of the bill because it says to Hello Single Payer no choice insurance, very rapidly and ruins the quality of care we now receive

A “National Health Insurance Exchange” creates A huge Bureaucracy

Moffit points out “But in the House bill, the health insurance exchange, governed by a commissioner, would be a national institution and function as a powerful regulatory agency. Combined with federal benefit setting and a public plan, it would effectively limit personal choice and reduce competition, as the federal government would erode private coverage and limit the kind of plans that could enter and compete in the market. States could only set up a state-based exchange with federal permission. This Bureaucracy would have the power to levy non-compliance taxes on evey individual and Business in the United States.”

Under the House bill, Congress would not forge a federal-state partnership; rather, it would enact federal domination of the states. It would also undermine, not advance, state innovation in the provision of new health insurance options..” We don’t like this aspect of the bill because we don’t bureaucracies and especially don’t like one that can force compliance.

Mandated Participation for individuals and Businesses

The bill contains both an individual and an employer mandate. Under the terms of the bill, an individual would be required to enroll in an “acceptable” health plan or face a tax penalty. The only exception would be “hardship” cases. For an individual, the tax would be equal to 2 percent of their income up to the “national average premium amount.” Such a mandate would amount to an unprecedented restriction on personal liberty. We don’t like the fact that you want to take away more of our Liberty

“Medium and large” employers would be required to offer an “acceptable” health plan, under the terms and conditions of the House bill, or pay an “assumed” 8 percent payroll tax. As economists generally note, the costs of an employer mandate are invariably passed onto employees in the form of wage or compensation reduction or even job loss. There is yet to be an econometric analysis of the impact of these provisions of the House bill.” We don’t like this aspect of the bill because it take away liberty and and make it harder to find job and reduce our pay, if we do find one.

Under the pretense of helping and serving you have given us a trillion dollar stimulus that is not working, a 1.8 trillion dollar budget that grows the government at the expense of of the private sector, are threatening to pass energy legislation that will drastically increase my cost of energy and cost jobs, and now are working on a health care bill that will not “Fix” Health Care Would it be too much to ask….Please don’t help us any further.? Thank You.

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