The Costly Consequences of Health Care ‘Reform’

A Review of Legislation as Enacted

The Democratic health care legislation enacted last week will enlarge government, increase Federal spending, deficits, and debt, and create a dependence on the Federal Government at odds with America’s historic commitment to individual liberty and personal responsibility. It was muscled through Congress on a purely partisan vote, and through an unprecedented abuse of a specialized budget process intended to control the size of government, not expand it. The principal consequences of the legislation include: 


  • It initiates a government takeover of the health care sector (one-sixth of the U.S. economy), intrudes in the doctor-patient relationship, and increases total spending by $2.6 trillion.
  •  It raises taxes by more than a half-trillion dollars over the next 10 years B the largest tax increase in American history.
  • It cuts more than a half-trillion dollars from Medicare to finance a new entitlement, and includes a series of additional gimmicks that hide the true cost of the legislation.
  • It adds to an already unsustainable rate of government spending growth that will overwhelm the Federal budget and sacrifice the Nation’s future prosperity.

Read the full report here.