by Rep. Peter Roskam (IL)
Today I announced open registration for a new educational course called Healthcare 218: Intro to the Democrat Health Plan. With 218 days between now and November 2, 2010, and 218 votes needed in the House to repeal and replace the recently passed legislation, Healthcare 218 will daily chronicle the massive new costs, delays, hidden problems and bureaucratic hurdles the recently passed healthcare legislation will impose on American families.
In urging passage of the Democrat health overhaul bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the American people, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Healthcare 218 will do just that, educating the public about what this $1 trillion legislation actually accomplishes: raising healthcare costs and taxes on the middle class, piling on to the national debt, and interfering with the doctor patient relationship.
In the days and weeks before ramming this bill through Congress, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid pulled out all the stops, manipulating the legislative process to pressure and strong-arm votes for their healthcare bill. It won’t take scare tactics and backroom deals for the American public to pass its final exam on November 2nd.
Class number 1 of 218: The Democrat health bill imposes more than half-a-trillion dollars in job killing taxes on American families and employers. For an overview of tax increases in the Pelosi Health Plan, see here. Also, see here and here for details on the tax increases and new costs to individuals, according to the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation and Congressional Budget Office.
The Republican Alternative would lower healthcare costs without massive job killing taxes. It's a fact: #hcrcostsjobs.