57 Dems Vote Against Keeping Premiums Affordable

Barrasso Amendment: Requires Legislation Not Increase Premiums Senator Barrasso has offered an amendment (#3582 – link) to require that premiums will not increase as a result of passage of the legislation.

Summary:

  • The amendment makes implementation of the health care law and the reconciliation bill contingent upon a certification from the Secretary of Health and Human Services that such legislation “would not increase premiums more than the premium increases projected under existing law.”
Background:
  • The Congressional Budget Office has previously found that the Senate bill would RAISE premiums in the individual market by an average $2,100 per family. At a time when many families are coping with job losses and struggling to make ends meet, they should not be forced by the federal government to buy more expensive health insurance they may not need, want, or be able to afford.
  • During his campaign, President Obama’s campaign plan promised that his reform would reduce premiums for the average family by $2,500 “by the end of my first term as President.” This amendment would ensure that Democrats’ actions match their rhetoric.
  • The reconciliation bill includes language that would apply the health law’s new benefit mandates to “grandfathered” plans. These new mandates on existing plans violate the President’s promise that “If you like your current plan, you can keep it” as well as his pledge to lower premiums Ð because if you like your current plan, you will have to pay more for it (presuming it still exists at all).
  • The Hippocratic Oath for physicians states that medicine should “first, do no harm.” This amendment ensures that all Americans will not be financially harmed by the impact of the Democrat reforms.

 

Under Dem Healthcare Law “Premiums Will Continue To Rise,” “Healthy Families Will Be Picking Up Most Of The Bill”

SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): “Anyone Who Would Stand Before You And Say Well, If You Pass Health Care Reform, Next Year’s Health Care Premiums Are Going Down, I Don’t Think Is Telling The Truth. I Think It Is Likely They Would Go Up, But What We’re Trying To Do Is Slow The Rate Of Increase.”(Sen. Durbin, Floor Remarks, 3/10/10)

AP: “Buyers, Beware: President Barack Obama Says His Health Care Overhaul Will Lower Premiums By Double Digits, But Check The Fine Print. Premiums Are Likely To Keep Going Up Even If The Health Care Bill Passes, Experts Say. … ‘There’s no question premiums are still going to keep going up,’ said Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a research clearinghouse on the health care system.” (“Fact Check: Premiums Would Rise Under Obama Plan,” AP, 3/17/10)

•    “The Budget Office Concluded That Premiums For People Buying Their Own Coverage Would Go Up By An Average Of 10 Percent To 13 Percent, Compared With The Levels They’d Reach Without The Legislation. That’s mainly because policies in the individual insurance market would provide more comprehensive benefits than they do today.” (“Fact Check: Premiums Would Rise Under Obama Plan,” AP, 3/17/10)

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