Yesterday, against the will of the majority of American voters, Congress passed a historic bill. The health care reform bill is historic in the sense that it is sweeping new legislation to implement a health care plan that has been sought after by liberals in Congress for decades. But it is also historic in the sense that it represents one of the largest increases in government control since the Great Society.
While almost everyone agrees that our health care system is in dire need of reform, this is a step in the wrong direction. A Washington Post-ABC News poll found last year that 83% of Americans are satisfied with the quality of their health care, and 81% are satisfied with their insurance. What Americans are concerned about is their rising insurance premium costs.
The Congressional health care bill will not make the cost of health insurance decrease, despite rhetoric coming from the White House. The bill mandates that insurances companies cover individuals who choose to buy health insurance only after they get sick, and dictates to insurance companies what and who they can and cannot cover. The result of these regulations is that insurance companies will be forced to cover more expensive clients, and these higher expenses will be passed on to all policyholders in the form of higher premiums. With the mountain of new taxes and regulations, the health care bill represents a government takeover of an unprecedented 16% of the U.S. economy. And as voters know all too well, government intervention has never saved anyone any money.
“I am deeply saddened,” says Jack Kimball, Candidate for Governor, “that New Hampshire's representatives in Congress, Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes, have chosen to ignore the outcry of New Hampshire's citizens against this bill. We need real health care reform that brings the costs back to levels everyone can afford. This can be accomplished through things like tort reform, allowing people to purchase insurance across state lines, expansion of Health Savings Account-type policies, and reduced regulation in our own state. Reform needs to happen at both the Federal and State levels to introduce more competition, not more government regulation into the mix.
“But even worse than the bill itself is the shameful way it was pushed through Congress. What happened to President Obama’s campaign promises to make government more open and accountable? The whole process was rife with bullying and back door deals. Even the one group that could stop the bill, the pro-life Democrats led by Representative Bart Stupak, gave in to the President’s compromises. No wonder Congress’ approval rating is at 11%! This is not the America that I used to know. Nor is it the America that the vast majority of Americans want. I am confident that American voters will ‘clean house’ this November—and vote for candidates with integrity who will truly stand for the will of the American people.
“It is not too late for New Hampshire to still stand up to the U.S. Congress. I hope that Governor Lynch and our representatives at the State House will follow in Virginia's footsteps and refuse to subject our citizens to these burdensome Federal mandates. Attorney General Delaney should join with the dozens of other state attorney generals who are poised to sue over this unconstitutional power-grab by the Federal Government.”