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Key Documents

September 17, 2009

Baucus Health Proposal

Click here for the complete text of Senator Baucus’ (D-MT) health proposal, entitled America’s Healthy Future Act.

Click here for amendments to the Baucus proposal that may be under consideration during the Senate Finance Committee markup process.

September 16, 2009 CBO Analysis of Baucus proposal.

September 22, 2009 CBO Analysis of Baucus proposal.

September 22, 2009 Letter to Senator Grassley (R-IA)

September 24, 2009 Scoring Implications of Modifications to the Chairman’s Mark.

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Quotable

October 8, 2009

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)

“Some have claimed that cutting the ‘extra payments’ to Medicare Advantage plans reduces insurance company profits. The fact is 75 percent of those ‘extra payments’ go directly to better benefits for seniors under current law.

Unfortunately, the Finance Committee bill will take away those benefits from seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage. The Finance Committee proposal cuts nearly $130 billion from the Medicare Advantage program. Common sense says you cannot do that without affecting seniors’ benefits.” — (October 8, 2009 delivered remarks on the Senate floor)

See Cornyn’s full remarks in this video clip.

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Key Documents

October 8, 2009

The Obama Health Plan

Click here to read Candidate Obama’s plan for health care (2008).

Click here to read President Obama’s plan for health care (2009).

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Key Documents

October 8, 2009

U.S. Catholic Bishops Warn Congress on Health Reform

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today sent a letter to the House of Representatives and Senate to warn lawmakers that the church would oppose a final bill if it did not do the following:

– Exclude mandated coverage for abortion and incorporate longstanding policies against abortion funding that are in favor of conscience rights.

– Adopt measures that protect and and improve people’s health care.

– Include effective measures to safeguard the health of legal immigrants, their children and all of society.

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Author: Marguerite Higgins   Comments

Latest Research

October 8, 2009

CBO’s First Look at the Baucus Bill —More Medicaid, Higher Taxes, Less Coverage

The Congressional Budget Office preliminary estimate of the Senate Finance Committee’s work is a devastating revelation. The bill is a platform for an enormous jump in federal spending, and yet it still leaves 25 million Americans without health insurance. The gross cost of new federal outlays increased from $738 billion to $829 billion. Meanwhile, the Baucus bill will accelerate, contrary to the president’s rhetoric, the government’s “takeover” of the health care sector of the economy. Nearly half of the individuals who gain insurance will be through Medicaid, a poorly performing program that is insulated from any serious systemic improvement. Expanding Medicaid, a welfare program, is not health care reform.

In its letter to Senator Max Baucus, CBO also makes it crystal clear that its work is not over and actual legislative language is imperative to completing its work. The higher spending is offset with higher tax collections. The Senate Finance Committee mark also depends on budget gimmicks – not paying for fixing the Medicare physician fee schedule nor for reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

In short, the news from CBO is not good news for the American taxpayers.

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Latest Research

October 8, 2009

Does Obamacare Turn Your State into a Medicaid Monster?

Each of the health care bills moving through Congress expands Medicaid by making the government-run program available to all adults with incomes at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty line (PVL). The change would dramatically multiply eligible recipients: 33 states would see increases of at least 30%, including 10 posting jumps of 50% or more.

Fastest-growing Medicaid monsters? Nev. (82.1%), Mont. (80.7%) and Texas (76.9%):

Go here to see a larger PDF version of this chart. (more…)

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In the News

October 8, 2009

Congress’ Secret Plan to Pass Obamacare – CONFIRMED

Leaders in the House and Senate have a plan to pass President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care plan by Thanksgiving without any significant participation by the American public. CNS News has confirmed the details in our September 22nd titled “Passing a Shell of A Bill: Congress’ Secret Plan to Ram Through Health Care Reform.” Nicholas Ballasy reports “a senior aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told CNSNews.com that it is ‘likely’ that Reid will use H.R. 1586—a bill passed by the House in March to impose a 90-percent tax on bonuses paid to employees of certain bailed-out financial institutions—as a ‘shell’ for enacting the final version of the Senate’s health care bill, which Reid is responsible for crafting.”

This story confirms the four part scenario that would railroad the bill through the Senate using a very unusual closed door procedure to craft the bill with no input from the American people.

The four stage plan to pass Obamacare has been publicly confirmed and is ready to be implemented. The following is a comprehensive update: (more…)

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Author: Brian Darling   Comments

In the News

October 8, 2009

Medicare: Largest Denier Of Health Care Claims

According to AMA’s National Health Insurance Report Card, Medicare denies 6.85 percent of its claims, higher than any private insurer (Aetna was second, denying 6.80 percent of its claims), and more than double any private insurer’s average.

What’s fascinating is that The American Medical Association (AMA) has endorsed a public option, despite the fact that “some member physicians at the group’s annual meeting [in June] likened the notion to communism.”

The Obama administration repeats ad nauseum that we need a government option to “keep insurance companies honest” and to make sure they don’t deny anyone coverage. Well what does one say about the fact that Medicare denies more claims than private insurers? (more…)

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Latest Research

October 8, 2009

Baucus Bill: A Big Cost For Taxpayers

An important part of a magician’s trick is to keep the audience’s focus away from what he is actually doing. In the case of health care reform, the discussion of affordability has focused on how much the individual or family will still have to pay after our health insurance system has been “reformed.” Little attention has been paid to the how much those individuals will receive from their neighbors in order to entice them to join the rest of the insured.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has provided a table that analyzes the subsidies and enrollee payments under the Finance Committee Mark that has just concluded. The table shows that CBO estimates the average cost of the “silver” plan for a family policy will be $14,400. A family of four with income between 100 and 150 percent of the federal poverty level will receive a subsidy equal to 90 percent of the cost, leaving the family to pay $1,400. That is a subsidy of $13,000. (more…)

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Author: Dennis Smith   Comments

Latest Research

October 8, 2009

Governor Jindal’s Challenge To Washington: Let’s Get Together And Do Health Reform Right

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s timely piece in The Washington Post, lays out his elements of a serious health care reform package. Even in the face of clear and growing opposition from the majority of the American people, the White House and the Congressional leadership continue to ignore any of the common sense ideas put forth by serious health care analysts who do not tow a left wing policy agenda. There are numerous bills in Congress that would have positive impact on the health care system, and would sharply reduce the numbers of Americans who are uninsured. Americans should note the efforts of Rep. Paul Ryan and Rep. Tom Price.

Several of Gov. Jindal’s proposals have real merit and, as he points out, could be the basis for a truly bipartisan bill, resulting in ending the deep divisions that now exist in Congress over health care policy. A bill that would garner enough support from both sides of the aisle would also give the American people confidence in the legislation, rather than the irresponsible decision to ignore popular opposition and start fast tracking an unknown bill with unknown cost that will guarantee a massive upheaval of the current system, including the loss of existing health care coverage for millions of Americans. (more…)

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