WASHINGTON – House Democrats introduced their trillion dollar government-run health care bill yesterday and now U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) is faced with an important decision on whether he will support Nancy Pelosi’s latest burdensome tax hike on the small businesses that fuel New Hampshire’s economy.
According to today’s The Wall Street Journal, “House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled sweeping health-care legislation that would hit all but the smallest businesses with a penalty equal to 8% of payroll if they fail to provide health insurance to workers... The relatively low thresholds for penalties triggered the sharpest criticism yet from employer groups, who said the burden on small business is too high and doesn’t do enough to help them expand insurance coverage.”
In addition to taxing small businesses that propel the American economy, the trillion dollar legislation will ultimately leave 15 million to 20 million Americans uninsured in the next ten years if passed into law.
USA Today notes, “The proposals being shaped in Congress — including the $1.042 trillion bill unveiled by House Democratic leaders Tuesday — offer subsidies to fewer moderate-income families than originally intended, bar most workers from choosing to leave their employer-provided plans and likely drive up Medicaid costs for states... At the end of a decade, 15 million to 20 million would remain uninsured, according to assessments by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office — a sticking point for critics who argue the whole enterprise doesn't get enough bang for the buck.”
“If Paul Hodes wants the people of New Hampshire to give him a promotion to the U.S. Senate, he should start demonstrating that he can make tough decisions in favor of the people of New Hampshire and reject this job-killing tax on small businesses,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson.
“Health care reform is a critical issue facing America, and voters in New Hampshire deserve to know: Will Congressman Hodes continue to blindly rubber stamp Nancy Pelosi’s agenda in Washington, or will he step up and reject this legislation, which will leave millions of Americans uninsured?” Wilkerson concluded.