Defeat the Deceit
healthcare reform. Instead, they left the citizens of this great
country struggling to pay for health care out of their own pockets, if they could not get it through their employers.
now republicans are complaining because someone actually did something about health care.
the CBo calculates the aCa would actually save money for
taxpayers. Its math shows that the aCa would reduce the deficit
through a combination of various tax increases and cuts in expected medicare spending, while providing new benefits such as
financial support to help lower-income people buy insurance.
the CBo reckons that federal deficits would be cut by $143
billion through 2019 and perhaps by more than $1 trillion over
the next 10 years due to reforms in the aCa. It is quite possible
that individuals, businesses and the government might save
even more, if reforms result in improvements in the practice
and administration of health care
in the u.s.
the aCa would reduce the deficit
through a combination of assorted
tax increases and nearly $500 billion
in cuts to medicare spending. (such
cuts could conceivably drive some
health care providers out of business
and so are not assured.)
Let the opponents in Congress cast their votes for repeal.
they will ultimately have to explain their vote and their questionable arithmetic.
the real concern of Congressional opponents of the aCa is
for the profits of their corporate donors, not the well-being of
citizens at large. they are counting on the fact that most of the
cuts and new taxes start early while most of the spending called
for by the aCa does not begin until 2014. they are hoping most
taxpayers will not figure out until then that the aCa would actually cut deficits.
there are signs taxpayers are already wising up, however.
a recent associated Press poll finds only slightly more americans oppose the aCa than support it. that is well down from the
levels of opposition found right after the november elections.
It is easy to understand why producers who make their living
on health care insurance would oppose a law that unfortunately
is likely to cut into their income. health insurers, too, may see
a decline in profits, although that is by no means certain. such
concerns are legitimate.
my own view of the aCa is it represents the greatest good for
the greatest number of people. It could be improved, but it is a
ThE rEPuBLICans’ IntroDuCtIon of the act to Kill the Profit-Eating, marxist health Care Law (o.K, actually the repealing the Job-Killing health Care Law act) is being backed up by reports in the right-wing press that health care reform will be too expensive.
opponents of health care reform in Congress are arguing the
affordable Care act (aCa) would cost the nation $2.6 trillion
when fully implemented and add $701 billion to the deficit in
the first 10 years, according to a recent analysis by people work-
ing for house speaker John Boehner.
this assertion ignores a Congressional Budget office (CBo)
report finding that repealing aCa would add $230 billion to the
to maintain their charade about fighting the high cost of health
care, opponents of reform would have us believe the cost of annual
modifications to the formula for reim-
bursing doctors is a cost to be charged
to health care reform. they know this
would be a cost of repealing aCa but
are sticking to the fiction that it would
be a result of leaving the aCa in place.
among other claims, the republi-
can report says that aCa would result
in $115 billion in health care spend-
ing, despite the fact that almost all this is money would have to
be spent with or without reform.
Why bother arguing with people whose minds were made
up before aCa was even enacted? they know repeal would
never be accepted in the senate, so all this report amounts to is
posturing. top republicans just want some data to help them
blow smoke about lost jobs, as if that were an issue they cared
about. I guess blowing smoke is what politicians do, even those
who got elected in november on the claims they would change
things in Washington.
Just about all politicians make phony claims about what they
can accomplish in office. But the claims we heard from the right
last year that they would be able to cut taxes while still balancing the budget—all without harming important programs—just
do not add up. now the right-wing war on logic brings us this
nonsensically named repeal bill.
republicans better hurry up and get their proposed repeal
act off the table before the public gets wise. already the latest
associated Press poll on americans’ view of health care reform
shows almost as many support the aCa as oppose it.
Back when the republicans had the White house, they had
all the opportunity they needed to enact their own version of
Let the opponents
in Congress cast their
votes for repeal. They
will ultimately have to
explain their vote and their
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