The House Health Care Bill

A Costly Government Takeover of Americans' Health Care (H.R. 3962)

The 1,990-page Democratic health care bill, expected to reach the House floor this week, suffers all the predictable failings that result from its true intent: to initiate a central government takeover of the health sector – one-sixth of the U.S. economy and one of the most valued and personal services Americans have. The bill is a costly behemoth that does the following:

  • Launches a government takeover of health care that inevitably will increase costs, force rationing of medical care, or both.
  • Creates a new $1.3-trillion health entitlement that will cost more than advertised, worsen the Nation’s unsustainable fiscal situation, and drive State governments deeper into the red.
  • Imposes heavy taxes and fees on both individuals and businesses, including a burdensome “play-or-pay” tax on businesses that cannot obtain affordable employee coverage.
  • Increases the long-term budget deficit, which already is projected to remain at record levels during the next 10 years.
  • Makes no sense economically.
  • Results in putting upward pressure on health care costs, instead of bringing down costs as promised.

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