Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Some highlights of the health care bill

Over the weekend, if you weren't paying attention, the House voted on the 2,000+ page Obama-Pelosi health care bill (without allowing the 72 hours of public disclosure). It passed 220-215.

Some highlights of this bill follow.

$250,000 fine and 5 years in Jail—Maximum sentence for an American guilty of not purchasing government-approved health coverage

5.5 Million—Number of jobs that could be lost as a result of taxes on businesses that cannot afford to provide health coverage, according to a model by President Obama’s Economic Advisor

$729.5 Billion—Total new taxes on small businesses, individuals, and employers who cannot afford to provide coverage that meets federal bureaucrats’ standards

$1.055 Trillion—New federal spending of your tax dollars for a government takeover of health care

114 Million—Number of individuals who could lose their current coverage under the bill’s government-run health plan, according to non-partisan actuaries at the Lewin Group

43—Entitlement programs the bill creates, expands, or extends

118—Additional offices, bureaus, commissions, programs, and bureaucracies the bill creates over and above the entitlement expansions

3,425—Uses of the word “shall,” representing new duties for bureaucrats and mandates on individuals, businesses, and States

2017—Year Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will be exhausted—an entitlement crisis exacerbated by the bill, which cuts nearly $450 Billion from Medicare

It's no wonder Pelosi didn't want much debate on this, especially from us, the American people. This isn't about you and taking care of you. It's about control and power. And staying in power.

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