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The time to repeal and replace is now

Friday, January 21, 2011

Often when you're traveling in the wrong direction, the most prudent action is to stop and change directions.

In direct opposition to the wishes of the American people, last year Congress passed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Despite promises to the contrary, the simple truth is this 2,800-page monstrosity is restraining our economic recovery and destroying jobs by burdening entrepreneurs and employers with tax increases, government mandates, and costly regulations.

We were told the new health care law would decrease the cost of care and create new jobs. However, just the opposite is true. The law includes more than $500 billion in tax increases, burdensome IRS 1099 paperwork requirements, and an employer mandate which threatens to wipe out more jobs just as our economy is struggling to free itself from a recession.

American businesses already have started to feel the negative impacts of the new law. Some have had their insurance plans cancelled. Others are looking at changing plans because they will no longer be able to afford to meet new requirements. Worse for our businesses is the uncertainty this health care law creates.

The new taxes alone increase costs and discourage job creation. The $20 billion tax on medical device makers will increase the cost of cutting edge medical technology for consumers, while the $60 billion tax on health insurers will make insurance coverage less affordable and discourage participation.

The $32 billion tax on high value insurance plans will raise costs on expensive plans for those who need them most -- workers in dangerous, high impact occupations.

If all of these new taxes weren't enough, the new 3.8 percent tax on investment and rental income surely will discourage investment in job creation and real estate -- both struggling to rebound even without this new tax burden.

This past week, I joined a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives to reverse direction and pass legislation to repeal the law. Our focus should be on commonsense policies which actually lower the cost to families and small businesses, expand access to affordable care, and protect American jobs.

In the last Congress, Republicans offered a better, market-based solution to guarantee access to affordable health care for those with pre-existing conditions -- all without job-killing government mandates. The proposal was fully funded and reformed high-risk pools and reinsurance programs to guarantee all Americans, regardless of pre-existing conditions or past illnesses, have access to affordable care -- lowering costs for all Americans without piling more debt onto future generations.

By passing this repeal bill, the process has begun to reduce health care costs by providing access and choices for every American, protecting the patient-doctor relationship, and lessening the burden of government bureaucracy.

Nebraskans want a step-by-step, commonsense approach to health care reform -- not the government takeover of health care which was rammed through Congress last year.

The misguided health care bill is a prime example of how tax hikes, spending sprees, and government mandates are hurting our economy and making it harder for small businesses to create jobs.

This bill now heads to an uncertain future in the Senate. Despite opposition from some, I hope to see this legislation brought to the Senate floor for an up-or-down vote. The American people deserve to see it through to completion.

Nebraskans want sensible improvements to the nation's health care system, but don't believe it should be paid for with new mandates, tax hikes, and billions of new government spending. The time to repeal and replace this misguided legislation is now.


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I know that I have been able to keep my just graduated college student on my insurance.. I know that has been a benefit to her as she starts her career in start-out jobs that offer no health insurance.

-- Posted by mickhaney on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 5:33 PM

the polls I have seen on this issue are split down the middle.

-- Posted by president obama on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 5:38 PM

Adrian,

Does your group simply pick and choose the CBO numbers happen to advance your cause? I think that you should take another look at those polls.

-- Posted by hulapopper on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 6:05 AM

According to Rasmussen 55% of likely voters favor repeal and 40% do not.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_c...

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 5:03 PM

Of four fresh looks at how Americans feel about repealing health care reform, his staff chose one -- Rasmussen's poll of likely voters -- that supported his position. But that sentiment is not shared by the public at large, according to multiple other polls. And in the Rasmussen poll, the percentage strongly supporting repeal has fallen.

http://politifact.com/wisconsin/statemen...

-- Posted by Geezer on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 5:33 PM

Chaco1 selected a popular pole, which is one if not the ONE most commonly acknowledged in the country. I'll go with that one.

-- Posted by remington81 on Sun, Jan 23, 2011, at 12:00 PM

Ok you cite multiple other polls yet fail to give them or a lion to them.

Gallup has it at 46% favor repeal and 40% favor letting it stand.

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Mon, Jan 24, 2011, at 10:11 AM

For some reason, I have always had an aversion to 'Polls,' since they seem to have a bias, even when supposedly not having a bias, by the way the words are assembled for the question/statement.

I can only speak for what fiscal expertise I have, and that indicates two things to me:

1. Question: Where did Americans get the idea that they were guaranteed the same benefits we provide our welfare recipients?

2. How can we possibly be in favor of a program that is, today, proving to always strangle the Nation that dares to attempt Socialized, guaranteed, Medical care?

In 1959, after discharge from the military, one of my first jobs was selling hospitalization insurance. The rate was about ten to fifteen dollars a month, and paid (as an example) $100 for the birth of a child, $25 for setting a broken arm, etc. Those payments paid about two-thirds of normal care.

Today, childbirth has risen to $3, or $4, thousand, or more (haven't kept track since the wife said "No More KIDS," but I know the prices began to shoot up, once people started purchasing their "Own" insurance. Once employers began using insurance as an employment bribe, BOOM, Mushroom Cloud premiums.

All of that, just to say: Folks, we are addressing the wrong side of the equation. Is it really necessary that everyone be a Millionaire?? A world full of millionaires simply means everyone has to have bigger pockets, to carry the cash, to purchase the same thing, that a few years/months earlier was purchased, using loose change, or was free (remember the free 'thank-you for your patronage' gifts, that now cost a buck??

Fingers tired, I'm done. (^8

-- Posted by Navyblue on Mon, Jan 24, 2011, at 2:51 PM

Chaco1

The links are contained in the body of the referenced article.

-- Posted by Geezer on Mon, Jan 24, 2011, at 9:22 PM

Geezer Rasmussen polls likely voters and has been shown to be a much more accurate sampling. The AP poll referenced, which happens to be a puff piece trying to tie opposition to the HC law to the Arizona shootings by the way, uses adults not as accurate.

GAllup also cites in the article has it at 46% to 40% still a majority. They use a sample of Adults not likely voters as well.

Here is the latest poll by Rasmussen on the 24th. Look to the right side it shows the polls done for the last year and it has beena steady mid 50% favoring repeal and mid 40% do not.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_c...

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 8:56 AM

Dang - I thought all adults were likely voters. The first link is to Politics Daily which tracks all polls. The other two are just references that show polls vary greatly depending on who takes them and how the questions are framed.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/01/25/20...

http://www.nashvillescene.com/pitw/archi...

-- Posted by Geezer on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 11:32 AM

Obviously there are many people who do not vote. These people are likely to not be informed on the issues. Sampling the people who are likely tp vote has proven to be a better indicator of how things like elections will go, thus the reason Rasmussen has been able to call most elections within a few points. Skewing polls is easy, it depends on the way a question is framed and the sample.

SO you provide two examples that do not explain their methodology or their sample very well. The Herald didn ot ever say it polled adults just people they contacted.

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 12:06 PM

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com...

http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/rasmuss...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Rasmu...

some interesting things to read

-- Posted by president obama on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 12:49 PM


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