'Gimmicks' Hide true Cost of Healthcare Bill

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/56508

    House Health Care Bill Neither ‘Durable’ Nor ‘Desirable’ Says Former CBO Director
    Tuesday, November 03, 2009
    By Penny Starr

    Former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin said the House Democrats' health care overhaul is neither durable nor desirable because it would raise insurance premiums, ration care, and fail to bring down the cost of health care in America

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    ... the House bill employs budget “gimmicks” to hide its true cost and make the bill appear fiscally responsible while creating another federal entitlement program that Congress will not be able to pay for, he said.

    “This sets up instead a large entitlement spending program that grows at 8 percent a year as far as the eye can see, and which [current] CBO Director Doug Elmendorf said earlier this year did not bend the cost curve,” said Holtz-Eakin. “It leaves the architects with only gimmicks to disguise this problem.”

    Among those “gimmicks” is the front-loading of new taxes and the delaying of spending provisions, Holtz-Eakin said, both of which give the appearance of balance while concealing the real 10-year cost of the bill’s expensive insurance subsidies and entitlement expansions.

    “It front-loads all of the taxes and back-loads all of the spending so as to give the appearance of balance over the 10-year window,” he explained.

    One of the effort’s largest savings provisions, a reduction in Medicare payments rates, is “unrealistic,” Holtz-Eakin said, because Democrats made no substantive changes to the health care delivery system that would allow them to cut the rates at which the government pays doctors for providing care to seniors on Medicare.
     
  2. rbell

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    surprise, surprise.

    Liars lie.

    Thanks, Washington looters.
     
  3. Baptist in Richmond

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    Ah, yes: CNS News.
    They are owned/controlled by the Media Research Center, which of course is Brent Bozell. That could hardly be considered to be a credible news service.

    BTW, MRC gets funding from the Sarah Scaife Foundation, which is controlled by none other than Richard Scaife.
    Oops.....

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Media_Research_Center
     
  4. Bro. Curtis

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    So what is factually incorrect ?
     
  5. carpro

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    When it comes to news sources, your credibility was shot a long time ago.

    Try dealing with the facts and tell us what about the story was factually incorrect.
     
  6. KenH

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    We need less government involvement in health care, not more. This bill would be a train wreck if passed into law.
     
  7. Revmitchell

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    Ah yes an ad hominem and no disputing the information. Why not? The credibility problem is yours and your alone. Mainly because you show up here every three months or so and post nothing but attacks for a few days and then your off again. But also because your posts consist of nothing but these shallow ramblings.
     
  8. HankD

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    Next year a 21.5% physician payment cut is planned for the current medicare plan, some medicare recipients will have to pay a 15% higher premium as well as everyone losing their Cost of Living Adjustment for 2010 (for the first time since 1975).

    The administration mocked some of us who are concerned for the elderly by accusing us of saying they (the administration) wanted to "kill grandma".

    OK then, what is the difference between "killing grandma" and denying her the medical means to save and/or sustain her life?

    Oh I forgot, she has no "social investment value" anymore (and what actual ROI there might be, is far too small to justify saving her life).

    I remember seeing a movie in which the moral hero said to the evil villain as they were in a train careening toward destruction.

    "I may not be able to kill you, but I don't have to save your life" as he left the train with the villain pinned beneath some rubble.

    Too bad for our grandparents (hey, I'm a grandparent) , I hope everyone has $200,000 for their heart bypass surgery or a kidney dialysis machine(for intance).

    HankD
     

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