Newspaper Editorials Blast Democrats’ Government Takeover of Health Care
Democrats are continuing their rush to “reform” the health care system by passing a 1,018 page, $1.5 trillion bill that will force 114 million Americans to lose their current health insurance – despite the repeated promises by the President to the contrary.
But this week hasn’t turned out so well for Democrats. First, House Democrats introduced a $1.5 trillion health care plan that would hike taxes on small businesses and job creators – and was quickly denounced by a Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR), who said “there’s no way they can pass the current bill on the House floor. Not even close.” Next, Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf denounced the Democrats’ bill, as the Washington Post reported: “On the contrary,’ Elmendorf said, ‘the legislation significantly expands the federal responsibility for health care costs.’”
And finally, in a press briefing this morning, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) pointed out that:
According to the National Taxpayers Union, the bill contains the word ‘choice,’ the word ‘options’ and ‘marketplace’ just 88 times in their bill, while, at the same time, 1,400 times these words are used: ‘tax,’ ‘taxes,’ ‘require,’ ‘report,’ ‘limit,’ ‘penalty’ and ‘regulations’… As a former small-business man, I can tell you that the last thing the Congress needs to do in a recession is to punish the small businesses that create a majority of the new jobs in America.
As Americans become aware of the details of the Democrats’ push towards government-run health care, they’re becoming increasingly alarmed – and many newspaper editorials from coast to coast have given voice to their concerns over the past week:
It didn’t take long to run into an ‘uh-oh’ moment when reading the House’s ‘health care for all Americans’ bill. Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal. When we first saw the paragraph Tuesday, just after the 1,018-page document was released, we thought we surely must be misreading it. So we sought help from the House Ways and Means Committee. It turns out we were right: The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage.
For New York state taxpayers, the top [tax] rate would hit 56.92 percent, third-highest in the nation. And in the five boroughs, the top rate would be 58.68 per cent — highest in the nation. Having abandoned any notion of lightening the load with spending cuts, House Democrats have put forward a 1,000-plus-page proposal dripping with new taxes, surcharges and fees. The biggest losers? Small businesses — companies with as few as five employees, who’ll have to pay a penalty of up to 8 percent of income unless they provide their workers with health insurance.
Just a few more selections … taken from GOP blog…