Monday, August 3, 2009

Veterans, Seniors, Doctors & Small Businesses All Oppose House Democrats' Health Care Bill

RJ Note: Should the current bill be passed into law, we all have a great deal to worry about. Stand up and let your representatives know your thoughts. Now is the time to attend meetings, call, and let your voice be heard.

According to new polls last week from WSJ/NBC News, National Public Radio, and Pew, more Americans now oppose the Democrats’ government takeover of health care than support it. Why? Because it will raise costs, destroy jobs through a small business tax and onerous employer mandates, and put bureaucrats in charge of decisions that only patients and doctors should make.

But if you take a closer look, the opposition to the House Democrats’ bill is even more pronounced among key stakeholders around the country. Veterans, seniors, doctors, and small businesses are all voicing their opposition to the House Democrats’ government takeover of health care. Consider this:

- Veterans Groups Oppose House Democrats’ Bill. A group of six veterans organizations, including Amvets, Blinded Veterans Association, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Jewish War Veterans of the USAA, and Vietnam Veterans of American, wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that they have “grave concerns” about the bill and that they “would oppose this legislation because it could limit health care choices for veterans, increase the cost of health care for veterans, deny coverage to dependents family members of veterans, and threaten the quality of health care offered to veterans through the VA system.” And the American Legion wrote a letter to Chairman Waxman that it “is deeply concerned with veterans’ related issues” in the Democrats’ proposal.

- Seniors Concerned About Medicare Cuts, Believe Dem Bill Will Worsen Health Care. A new Gallup poll this morning says: “By a margin of three to one, 36% to 12%, adults 65 and older are more likely to believe healthcare reform will reduce rather than expand their access to healthcare. And by 39% to 20%, they are more likely to say their own medical care will worsen rather than improve.” Who can blame them? Among the chief concerns many Americans – particularly seniors – have about the Democrats’ government takeover is its Medicare cuts. The Associated Press reported yesterday that “Democrats are pushing for Medicare cuts on a scale not seen in years to underwrite health care for all. Many seniors now covered under the program don’t like that one bit.” An independent analysis of the House Democrats’ government-run plan shows the legislation slashes Medicare to the tune of $361.9 billion. That means fewer choices and lower health care quality for our nation’s seniors.

- Doctors & Medical Societies Oppose Government Plan, New Mandates. In a letter to House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Waxman, seven state medical societies, three specialty medical associations, and two former President’s of the American Medical Association representing 43,000 doctors wrote that they were adamantly opposed to the Democrats’ bill, especially to the government-run system that will crowd out the private market and the employer and individual mandates as well.

- Small Business Groups Say Dem Bill Would Destroy Jobs, Reduce Access to Care. A broad coalition of job-creating groups – representing small businesses to homebuilders and manufacturers – has come together to oppose the Democrats’ government takeover of health. In a letter to Congress, this coalition wrote: “We are specifically concerned with a proposal to mandate that employers either provide health insurance or pay a new eight percent payroll tax. The House ‘pay or play’ proposal is even more troublesome because employers are also mandated to pay the majority of employee premiums. Exempting some micro-businesses will not prevent this provision from killing many jobs.” And the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), representing small businesses across the country, also weighed in saying it would destroy jobs and reduce access to affordable health care: “NFIB opposes the [Democrats’ bill] because it threatens the viability of our nation’s job creators, fails to increase access and choice to all small businesses, destroys choice and competition for private insurance and fails to address the core challenge facing small businesses – cost.”

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