Today, we will continue to update and inform you about the facts inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's government-run health care plan, unveiled yesterday. Time is ticking for legislators to read the 1,990 page bill in full and House Republicans want to make sure everything in the bill is exposed. Don't forget to check out yesterday's long list of inclusions, many of which House Republcians find unnecessary.
The latest updates will be at the top of this list:
-- Rep. Mike Rogers (MI) does a good job critiquing the kind of bill we've just been handed:
-- Americans for Tax Reform broke down the list of taxes in the Pelosi Health Care Bill. Check it out here.
-- Page 1431-1433: Section 2531, “Medical Liability Alternatives,” establishes an incentive program for states to adopt and implement alternatives to medical liability litigation. However, a state is not eligible for the incentive payments if that state puts a law on the books that limits attorneys’ fees or imposes caps on damages.
-- Boehner on Fox: Speaker Pelosi’s 1,990-Page Gov’t Takeover of Health Care is a Monstrosity:
-- Rep. John Shadegg (AZ) Exposes Secret Worth Millions for ERISA Health Care Plans in Pelosi's Health Care Bill. Watch video here:
-- Page 1176: There is money for nurse home visitation program that will offer “knowledge of realistic expectations of age-appropriate child behaviors” and “skills [for parents] to interact with their child.” A total of $750 million in federal spending is allotted for this brand new entitlement program.
-- The Real Cost of the Bill: According to the New York Times "Prescriptions" page, the real cost of the bil is $1,055 trillion. Nasdaq reports the same number and as The Drudge Report proclaims in headline, this is a whopping $2.2 million per word.
-- Funny numbers?
The CBO score on the latest Pelosi bill says: In 2019 there would be “about 18 million nonelderly residents uninsured (nearly one third of whom would be unauthorized immigrants).”
CBO score of H.R. 3200: In 2019 there would be “about 17 million nonelderly residents uninsured (nearly half of whom would be unauthorized immigrants).”
In other words, the number of projected uninsured who are also undocumented immigrants declined from about 8 million under H.R. 3200 to 6 million under the latest Pelosi bill. Why?
-- From page 6 of the CBO's health care bill score: CBO said the government-run health plan would actually have HIGHER costs than previously estimated ($2 billion.) From the text of the letter:
That estimate of enrollment reflects CBO’s assessment that a public plan
paying negotiated rates would attract a broad network of providers but
would typically have premiums that are somewhat higher than the average
premiums for the private plans in the exchanges. The rates the public plan
pays to providers would, on average, probably be comparable to the rates
paid by private insurers participating in the exchanges. The public plan
would have lower administrative costs than those private plans but would
probably engage in less management of utilization by its enrollees and
attract a less healthy pool of enrollees. (The effects of that “adverse
selection” on the public plan’s premiums would be only partially offset by
the “risk adjustment” procedures that would apply to all plans operating in