Heritage: The Senate Health Care Debate

Last Saturday night, the U.S. Senate voted to move forward with debate on its version of so-called “health care reform.” It is appropriate that Senators voted to move this massive spending bill, some might call a “turkey,” forward before going home for Thanksgiving.

I wanted to share with you the following e-mail sent by our Government Relations team to key legislative staff on Capitol Hill to provide them with timely information for the health care debate. I trust you will find it helpful in understanding what is taking place during the ongoing Senate debate in Washington and in communicating with others at home.

Below please find all new research from the analysts at Heritage who have extensively reviewed the newly released Reid Health Care Bill and the key provisions impacting our nation.  You will find major issues such as the overall cost, tax implications, Medicaid impacts, and small business concerns in these timely postings.

The Senate Health Bill: True Cost is $4.9 Trillion
At NRO, Ethics and Public Policy Center fellow James Capretta combs through the CBO report and delivers a true price tag for the Reid Bill.  [Read more]

The Five Flaws of the Reid Health Bill

The Senate and House bills use budget gimmicks and unrealistic savings to make their proposals fit under the $900 billion limit put forth by the President. As history has proven, government health care programs end up costing much more than first promised. [Read more]

Taxes Proposed to Pay for Health Care Reform
The U.S. Senate's proposal for a government-run hostile takeover of the entire U.S. health care system includes a barrage of higher taxes. [Read more]


High-Income Surtax: How Not to Pay for Health Care
Congress is proposing a surtax on high-income individuals to help pay for health care reform that would burden the economy and slow its recovery from the recession. [Read more]

The Senate Health Bill: Higher Taxes from Harry Reid

In order to pay for a massive health care bill (H.R. 3590), Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) creates a host of new taxes. These taxes will total $370.2 billion in the next ten years, and many of the taxes will start being collected in 2010, even as the economy continues to struggle. [Read more]

The Senate Health Bill: Federal Micromanagement of Health Insurance
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) giant new health care bill contains the same provisions as the other House and Senate bills to establish Federal micromanagement of all private health insurance. [Read more]

The Senate Health Bill: Federally Designed Health Exchanges With A Government Run Plan
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s massive Senate health bill (H.R. 3590) contains a “public option”, a new government run health plan to compete against private health plans within a federally designed system of state health insurance exchanges. [Read more]

The Senate Health Bill: Medicaid and CLASS Act Provisions

The 2074 page Reid Health Bill (H.R. 3590) generally follows the Senate Finance and HELP versions on Medicaid and in the creation of a new health care program, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. [Read more]

The Senate Health Bill: Bad for Small Business
The Reid health bill leaves small businesses, and particularly small business owners, largely out of the picture. [Read more]

The Senate Health Bill: How the Mandates Kill Jobs and Punish Poor Workers
A first look at the bill – which is 2,074 pages long – shows yet another attempt to use taxes to punish uninsured Americans and punish companies that hire workers from low-income families, especially single parents. If you wanted to punish the poor and kill the job prospects of people who need jobs the most, this would be an effective way to do it. [Read more]

The Senate Health Bill: Taxpayer Funded Abortions
Last night Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) released the version of health care reform he hopes will be considered on the Senate floor. The new bill devotes eight of its 2,074 pages to policy governing abortion in the structure of state health care exchanges and the public option it creates. [Read more]

The Wrong Medicare Advantage Reform: Cutting Benefits, Limiting Choices, and Increasing Costs    
The health care bills currently under active consideration in Congress would substantially modify the Medicare Advantage (MA) program, imposing deep benefit cuts to partially offset new non-Medicare entitlement spending while reducing health plan choices for seniors and bending the cost curve in the wrong direction. [Read more]