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« on: September 10, 2009, 05:09:03 AM »

Despite Democrats’ insistence that their plan will lower health care costs, a detailed analysis of the legislation crafted in the House shows these claims are just not true.  Take a closer look:

- Page 128; Section 226 – House Democrats require the government-run plan to adopt Medicare’s fraud “enforcement” measures.  The success of those measures is debatable at best.  Last year, House Democrats require the government-run plan to adopt Medicare’s fraud “enforcement” measures.  The success of those measures is debatable at best.  Last year,

Medicare wasted $10.4 billion in fee-for-service payments alone.

- Pages 24-25; Section 116, and pages 53-55; Section 161 – The House Democrats’ bill creates a perverse and harmful incentive for health plans to keep their members sick by requiring a percentage of premium dollars, as determined by the Commissioner, be spent on health care claims rather than on disease management, 24-hour nurse help lines, etc, that keep people healthy.

- Pages 89-95; Section 204(b) – Provider reimbursement reforms in health insurance plans offered within the Exchange are optional, meaning the health care system will continue to reward hospitals and physicians that order more services rather than those that deliver high-quality care.  Experts across the political spectrum agree that the key to controlling health care spending growth is to correct misaligned payment incentives.  The House Democrats bill is just more of the same.


- Pages 358-369; Section 1181(b) – House Democrats make significant changes to Medicare Part D, jeopardizing the continued success of the program.  Largely due to private market competition, Part D program costs are 40 percent below initial estimates.  Yet the Democrats want to extend government price controls to the Part D program via Medicaid rebates.  The Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that this will increase prescription drug prices for everyone. 

Democrats have announced that they now plan to go it alone and pass their costly bill with no bipartisan input.  Don’t the American people deserve better?  Don’t they deserve a plan that lowers health care costs for families and small businesses?
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