Where Does Carol Shea-Porter Stand on Healthcare Takeover’s Higher Costs, Increased Taxes, and Cuts to Medicare?
Washington- After months of horse trading and party infighting, Democrats have finally introduced their government healthcare takeover bill. Now that they’ve gotten around to putting something on the table, it’s time for Carol Shea-Porter to make her position on this final product known: Will she stand up against higher taxes, fewer jobs and sweeping cuts to Medicare? Or will Shea-Porter cave to Nancy Pelosi in order to rubberstamp her party’s reckless march toward government-run healthcare?
Contrary to Democrat leaders’ claims that their bill for government-run healthcare is more palatable to the ‘moderate’ wing of the Democrat party, one senior liberal stated otherwise:
“But there were signs Tuesday that at least some prominent advocates of a left-leaning reform package were ready to deal in the interest of moving a bill. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), who has introduced a measure to create a single-payer universal health care system every Congress since he was elected, pressed a closed-door huddle of House Democrats on the urgency of swift action...‘I want single payer, but I’m smart enough to know what we have here is progress.’” (Tory Newmyer, “House Leaders Ready to Unveil Moderate-Favored Plan,” Roll Call, 10/28/09)
Without question, the Democrats’ bill reeks of government-run healthcare. Priced at a whopping $1 trillion, it forces companies to comply with stringent regulations and imposes drastic fines for noncompliance.
“The final product in the House, reflecting many of President Barack Obama's priorities, includes new requirements for employers to offer insurance to their workers or face penalties, fines on Americans who don't purchase coverage and subsidies to help lower-income people do so. Insurance companies would face new prohibitions against charging much more to older people or denying coverage to people with health conditions…The price tag, topping $1 trillion over 10 years…” (Erica Werner, “House Democrats to unveil health bill with government-run insurance, hefty sign-up requirement,” Associated Press, 10/27/2009)
“Now that the Democrats’ takeover of healthcare has been revealed, Carol Shea-Porter will be forced to choose between her party bosses or New Hampshire families,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Carol Shea-Porter's support for a massive healthcare takeover would be nothing more than a spineless attempt to appease her party bosses – a shameful tactic that will lead to higher costs for a struggling middle-class, force Medicare cuts for seniors and mandate that New Hampshire taxpayers comply with a partisan ploy for more government control. Carol Shea-Porter has already repeatedly walked the plank for Nancy Pelosi’s reckless policies, but is it really fair for her to ask New Hampshire families to do the same?”