Heritage Foundation - Key Information on Health Care Bills and more

As both the House and Senate leadership have announced they will attempt to bring a government run health care bill up for a vote, possibly as early as this week, I wanted to share some key facts and new Heritage research with you.

  • The latest House health care bill is 1,990 pages long.
  • The latest Senate health care bill is rumored to be about 1,500 pages long.
  • Both bills were written behind closed doors and without bi-partisan input.
  • According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the House bill would add 15 million people to the Medicaid rolls.
  • CBO estimates the cost of the House bill to be over $1 trillion more than $150 billion higher than the Democrat leadership is touting.
  • What is left out of the talking points is offsetting revenue from tax penalties, $33 billion from individuals who do not purchase, and $135 billion from employers that do not offer, government-forced insurance.
  • The cost also does not include the so-called “Doc Fix” for Medicare payments which would add nearly $250 billion in costs to the bill.
  • According to CBO, the new government run plan will not start for four years, but taxes to cover the 10-year cost start next year. Our friends at Americans for Tax Reform have compiled a Comprehensive List of Taxes In House Democrat Health Bill.
  • The kicker, CBO says that premiums under a public option would be “somewhat higher” than the private insurance plans.

More health care resources from Heritage: 

The Pelosi Blueprint for Government Run Health Care
Pelosi Plan Would Give Health Czar Super Powers
Pelosi Plan Makes Millions of People Pay Fines
How Many Americans Could End Up on the Public Health Plan? A Look at the Estimates
The House Health Care Bill: A $700 Billion Tax Hike
Is Government Run Health Care Inevitable?
Public Support for ObamaCare Collapses under the Facts
Health Care Reform: Rational Alternatives to the Congressional Leadership Bills
The House Health Bill: The House Ways and Means Amendments
Twenty Questions on Reid’s Opt Out Plan

The Left’s Health Care Crony Capitalism
Strong Public Plan Means Heavy Cuts to Hospitals
Health Care Bills' Medicaid Expansion: How States Can Lose the Battle Behind Closed Doors
The Baucus Plan: Implications for Small- and Medium-Sized Firms
Medicaid Funding of Abortion: Setting the Record Straight 

Check back at www.fixhealthcarepolicy.com for regular updates on the debate. 

Quick Hits: 

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Ø       Heritage has extended our exhibition of the Gulag collection through mid-November. If you are in DC, come by and see these compelling paintings from a Gulag survivor. 

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