PostHeaderIcon The House Approved a Revised Version of Healthcare Reform

  The House of Representatives approved a revised version of the healthcare bill last night.  The 219 Democrats and 1 Republican call it a bill defining social policy achievement.

I wonder how many of these Democrats will be making this same statement four years later.

Voting no for this bill are 39 Democrats and 176 Republicans.  Perhaps the House of Representatives is thinking the same way as Kevin Brady (R-TX) who was quoted in the New York Times saying “This government takeover has got a long way to go before it gets to the President’s desk, and I’ll continue to fight it tooth and nail at every turn. Health care is too important to get it wrong.”

 I also wonder if George Miller (D-CA), the chief architect of this bill, will call it revolutionary in 10 years and 1.1 trillion dollars later.

Republican consensus is that this bill is too costly and will end up hurting our fragile economy even further.

This bill is a wrecking ball to the entire economy,” said Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA). “We need targeted specific reforms to help people who have fallen through the health care cracks.”

The House bill is 1,990 pages long and requires most Americans to obtain health insurance or face penalties. Most employers will have to provide insurance coverage or pay an 8 percent tax penalty. According to Virginia Foxx (R-NC), “More taxes, more spending and more government is not the plan for reform the people support.” Other Democrats argue that this bill will bring the health care cost under control.

It may be naive to ask, but why aren’t the 15 million government employees joining the public option as their source of insurance?  This would ensure firsthand experience for Congress, the actual creators of the plan.

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