Calling Democrats “liars” on Health care bill is 100% accurate

Linked below are 2 stories that prove conclusively that the Health Care Reforms running through Congress right now are guaranteed to slam our pocket books, hurt the economy, and cost 1000s, if not 10s of 1000s of jobs.

These articles showcase 2 stories about the ACTUAL experiences of 2 states that enacted the types of reforms working their way through Congress. Anyone who says these bills will reduce cost are either forced to ignore experience (i.e. they are stupid), or they are lying.


Lessons from the Massachusetts healthcare experiment

But insurance premiums for most residents are going up, not down. Many middle-class people who had insurance before the overhaul see little change — except that they’re spending more. They’re seeing little or no difference in the quality of their care.

In crafting their plan, Massachusetts lawmakers ducked the tough issues of cost control, including how much public and private insurers would pay physicians and hospitals. So the state still has some of the most expensive medical care in the U.S. And costs are rising faster than the national average. Far faster than wages too.

“What we did was health insurance reform, not healthcare reform,” said Massachusetts state Sen. James Eldridge, a Democrat who regrets having voted for the bill.

BTW, this site has argued all along that we are focusing too much on insurance, and not health care.

Why Health Care Is So Expensive in New York

Back in the early 1990s, New York Gov. Mario Cuomo pushed reforms aimed at fixing the state’s health-care system. Those reforms were supposed to reduce the ranks of the uninsured as well as prevent insurance companies from unfairly charging people with health problems more than others or dropping sick people from the insurance rolls. They were also supposed to spark greater insurance competition.

If that sounds like reforms being proposed in Washington today, it’s not a coincidence. One of the biggest things Mr. Cuomo did was to impose government mandates called community rating (CR) and guaranteed issue (GI). The former prevents insurers from charging people more based on their health or age, and the latter forbids denying coverage to anyone who wants to buy it. These two mandates are now a central part of reforms advancing in Congress. In New York, enacting them has been a mistake.

Today, New York’s private individual insurance market is among the nation’s most expensive and highly regulated. New York City residents buying private, unsubsidized individual insurance coverage pay at least $9,036 a year for individual coverage and $26,460 for family coverage. New York’s average premiums in the individual market are more than twice the national average, according to a 2007 eHealth Insurance survey.

Today, 14% of New York’s population lacks coverage, essentially the same as the national average of 15%. Partly because of the high costs of private coverage, nearly one in four New Yorkers is enrolled in Medicaid. New York’s Medicaid program is the nation’s most expensive, requiring high local and state taxes to support it.

In a recent study conducted for the Manhattan Institute, we estimate that market-based reforms could make insurance much more affordable, especially if the CR and GI mandates were repealed. Doing that would reduce the number of uninsured by 18% and 19%, respectively (37% combined), and would lower premiums by 42%. We also found that if the state allowed New Yorkers to buy health insurance sold in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, as much as 26% of the uninsured would purchase private policies costing 25% less than similar policies in New York. Offering mandate-lite plans to those younger than 45 could reduce the uninsured by nearly 10%, with an 18% decline in premiums.

Market reforms won’t provide affordable coverage to everyone, so we suggest creating guaranteed-access risk pools for those with chronic diseases. Currently, 35 states have such pools. They could be financed in New York with a modest assessment on policyholders in the individual insurance market of as little as $6 per member, per month.

I bolded those those last two paragraphs for a reason. They provide the best platform for actually solving the problem. The Wyden-Bennett Plan would do that on a national basis.

The left doesn’t want to solve the “health care crisis.” They want to create a massive bureaucracy to employ their minions and control your choices. If they argue that point, they are lying. It really is that simple.