The House 'Tri-Comm' Bill: An Update
The Majority's New Trillion-Dollar Health Care Entitlement (H.R. 3200)
The updated cost estimate for the Majority’s health care “reform” only clarifies what previous analyses had shown: the proposal creates a new trillion-dollar Federal health entitlement, initiates a takeover of the health care sector, and offers nothing to moderate the “cost curve” that is making health coverage more difficult for Americans to obtain. It is no wonder the Ways and Means Committee plowed through its markup of the bill last Thursday night, before the cost estimate was completed. This week, the Energy and Commerce Committee will take its turn at promoting this vast expansion of government, and increased intervention in one of the most personal and important services Americans have.
Energy and Commerce is the third of three committees to take up the legislation – the others being Ways and Means and Education and Labor. Due to this trio of players, the measure often is referred to as the tri-committee, or “Tri-Comm,” bill; and what is known about the plan so far makes clear why Americans’ support for it is declining.
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