Health Care Reform: New Numbers Out, Committee Vote Tomorrow

The report heard ’round the Hill, one day before the Senate Finance Committee is due to vote on Max Baucus’ health care reform proposal, was indeed commissioned by Americas Health Insurance Plans in order to provide a fair assessment of what the Democrats’ reform plan would mean for the American people they purport to represent.

The report was also conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers. You know, that enormous hybrid of accounting giants Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand? You know, the firm retained by thousands of companies to provide objective valuation studies, and by the Academy Awards to objectively oversee voting for frou-frou movies that nobody wants to see?

Well, the numbers reported by AHIP and PWC certainly didn’t make the White House happy. The president and the Democrats are, after all, doing everything they can to force an unwanted incarnation of needed health care reform down Americans’ throats, and families finding out that the legislation would result in health care coverage costing hundreds of dollars extra each month certainly can’t help the agenda.

That’s right. According to the study commissioned by the insurance industry but conducted by an independent accounting firm, the average American family would face an additional $2000 in health care coverage costs by 2013, and a staggering increase of $4000 by 2019. Those are annual cost increases, people. I can’t absorb that on our budget, can you?

What does this mean? It means that the millions of Americans who, like me, are struggling each month to get by, will be forced to endure an increase in health care coverage costs while maintaining the same coverage as we have now — that is, until the insurance companies just cannot compete any more and go the way of the dodo, leaving America with a single-payer, government-run system.

Democrats claim that the study is flawed, because it doesn’t address provisions within the still-yet-unwritten legislative language (as far as I know, they’re voting on conceptual language only) which purportedly temper increased costs through tax credits and the like. My problem here is that, between the insurance companies telling me that prices will increase, and the federal government telling me that their efforts will result in a price decrease, I believe the insurance industry.

Especially considering that the insurers, for the sake of oversight, retained PricewaterhouseCoopers — while Congress, for the sake of oversight, has on its own payroll people like Rep. Charlie Rangel and Sen. Christopher Dodd. Who are you going to believe?


Click HERE for contact information for your senator. Then call. The committee vote is tomorrow.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I have been saying for some time we are on the verge of another Revolution, but others keep insisting it won't happen until Americans feel the pinch personally and in a bad enough way that makes them want to revolt. Well, we're almost there it seems.

    Adding another $1000+ per month to my expenses by the year 2019 is simply going to kill my budget. Most people live paycheck-to-paycheck as it is and I doubt few are getting raises these days. They simply aren't going to be able to cover this cost. Nearly everyone is going to feel the effect of this. On top of this, if cap-and-trade passes, they'll be required to come up with several hundred dollars more every year for electricity.

    They are setting up the stage for a really bad scene.

  2. whats_up says:

    Everything said by the insurance companies should be taken with a grain of salt. I dont trust them anymore than I do politicians, what have they done to be worthy of trust?

  3. Anonymous says:

    1:05 is right. God help the politicians if this crap goes down.

  4. NEW PRES. LIMO says:
  5. Anonymous says:

    Here's a POV on the SFC's health care bill as provided by a Medicaid insurance company:
    http://ourhealthcaresource.com/2009/10/09/dissecting-the-senate-finance-committee-proposal/

  6. YOUNG INTELLIGENCE says:

    If Jeff had a son….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwJA4qiEtQI

    I love this kid!

  7. SMARTER THAN OBAMA says:
  8. Anonymous says:

    ~ WHILE THEIR CHILDREN FIGHT IN OUR U.S.MILITARY~THEIR FAMILIES BACK HOME ARE DYING WITHOUT HEALTH CARE ~

    .
    **JUST MAYBE AMERICA NEEDS A FEW MORE REVOLVING DOORS IN OUR U.S. CONGRESS **

    OUR COUNTRY COULD REALLY USE MANY MORE SINCERE AMERICANS LIKE OUR TWO U.S. SENATORS FROM MAINE WHO CONSIDER THIS COUNTRIES 45 MILLION POOR AMERICAN MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN WITHOUT PROPER HEALTH CARE LIKE THEIR OWN FAMILY AHEAD OF THEIR ELECTED POLITICAL FAMILY **

    45 MILLION POORER AMERICANS HAVE OBVIOUSLY BEEN TOUCHED BY ANGELS WITH THE PEOPLES TWO U.S. SENATORS SNOWE AND COLLINS OF MAINE.

    LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS THANKS THESE SPECIAL WOMEN FROM THE CARING STATE OF MAINE FOR SHOWING THE REST OF AMERICA THAT GODS VILLAGE OF ANGELICA BEINGS CAN EVEN BE HERE WITH US EVERY~DAY IN THE FLESH.
    ————————————————–
    ~ OUR U.S.CONGRESS AT LEAST DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE…THEY AFFORD POORER AMERICANS THE SAME EMERGENCY ONLY HEALTH*CARE THAT ILLEGAL ALIENS RECEIVE ~

    AMERICA~LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT~ 45,000 DEAD POOR AMERICANS LEAVE U.S. EVERY*YEAR DUE TO 3rd WORLD HEALTH CONDITIONS ??

    ** POLITICS IN AMERICA IS VERY SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHEN OUR MIDDLE~CLASS & WORKING POOR CITIZENS ARE ALL BEING FORCED 2 ALLOW BIG $$$ TO CONTROL THE PEOPLES HALLS OF THE U.S.CONGRESS..

    ~ SADLY,OUR VERY OWN AMERICAN HEALTH*CARE SATANIC VERSES HAS KEPT 45 MILLION POOR AMERICANS IN 3rd WORLD HEALTH CONDITIONS~

    DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY ~ THE WORLDS SELECT BILLIONAIRES AND THEIR FRONT CORPORATIONS WILL ALL GET ON BOARD THE NEW HEALTH~TRAIN OF $$$…**ADDING 45 MILLION MORE AMERICAN CITIZENS TO THE CURRENT GIVEN PROFIT MARGINS + WITH A FUTURE AMNESTY PROGRAM
    (6 months) AFTER NEXT U.S.PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION = $$$$$$$$$………

    WEALTH~CARE FOR ALL THE HEAVILY INVESTED INTERNATIONAL AND AMERICAN BILLIONAIRES IN THE CURRENT U.S.HEALTH FOR THE WEALTHY ONLY SYSTEM WILL NOT END ANYTIME SOON… IT WILL ONLY BE RE~ARRANGED TO MAKE SURE ALL THESE MEGA CAPITALISTS PROSPER IN JUST ANOTHER FASHION .

    THE FINE ART OF DENYING 45 MILLION AMERICANS HEALTH~CARE IN OUR JUDEO~CHRISTIAN NATION IS NOT RACIST AT ALL… IT'S JUST OUR BEHIND THE SCENE WEALTHY ELITE CITIZENS USING THEIR TREMENDOUS WEALTH TO DIRECTLY INFLUENCE OUR U.S. CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES IN KEEPING ALL THE little poor folk down *

    AMERICAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS ALL ACROSS THE USA HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO COUNT ON THEIR RELIGIOUS FLOCK TO CONTRIBUTE(TITHE)THEIR HARD EARNED MONIES TO THEIR MINISTRIES EVERY WEEK. THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ATTENDING RELIGIOUS SERVICES IN THE U.S. ARE MIDDLE~CLASS AND WORKING POOR CITIZENS WHO NOW DESPERATELY NEED THE HELP AND SUPPORT FROM THESE SAME U.S.RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN LOBBYING THE U.S.CONGRESS TO PROVIDE PROPER HEALTH~CARE FOR ALL POORER AMERICANS.

    ***THERE ARE CURRENTLY AN ESTIMASTED 45 MILLION MEN WOMAN AND CHILDREN WITHOUT HEALTH~CARE IN THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD????

    SILENT AMERICAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS WHO ALL HAVE HEALTH~CARE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES IS MUCH MORE FRIGHTENING THEN THE POSSIBLE DENIAL OF A FUTURE HEALTH~CARE PLAN FOR ALL…

    **45,OOO AMERICANS DIE EACH YEAR IN THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD DIRECTLY RELATED TO THEIR LACK OF PROPER HEALTH*CARE.

    LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS IS A WWW VOLUNTEER LOBBY FOUND WITH ANY SEARCH ENGINE. (424-247-2013)

  9. Bodenzee says:

    Sorry Jeff,

    I just called Olympia Snowe's office only to discover that her mail box is full. I guess she doesn't want to hear from her constituents. Wonder why.

    In this age the technolgy exists and is easily implemented to implement a voice answering machine that is never full. I have one and I'm not even a US Senator.

  10. Anonymous says:

    4:55,

    And you actually think that they are going to make things better?
    To quote John Stossel, "Give me a break".

    My money is on things being made a LOT worse.

  11. goddessdivine says:

    When has the govt ever efficiently run things? (The answer is NEVER…..in case you weren't sure.) I'll believe PWC, thank you very much.

    Anyone who thinks this will not effect our federal deficit nor American's wallets are in denial.

    And to the anonymous who left a bunch of random (read: lame) quotes–I only skimmed, but are you referring to the U.S. as the richest nation in the world? Because in case you haven't noticed, that's not so much the case anymore.

  12. goddessdivine says:

    Another interesting read about Obama's eligibility:

    http://www.canadafreepress.com/2009/williams091209.htm

    It's a month old, but it brings a new twist to the saga.

    Gosh I wish Obama would just show his freaking birth certificate already (that is, if he has one…..)

  13. Linda says:

    I trust that instead of passing emails and blogs back and forth, you all are calling, writing, and faxing Washington on a daily basis. I know I am – I've got over $600 invested now in faxes to EVERYONE, emails, phone calls, etc. We just got hit in California with a heavy restriction on our Second Amendment rights by our illustrious (paid-through-the-back-door RINO) Governor, and I don't want to see this continue on a federal level. Unfortunately it can't wait until the 2010 elections, as they are selling us down the river on a daily basis. Please, please please keep those faxes and phone calls flooding the Washington phone lines. I don't care if you think your Senatores and Representatives are hopeless (as ours in California are – goodness knows Feinstein and Boxer are useless), please keep the pressure on. Thanks.

  14. nan says:

    Of course the Congress doesn't mind if the cost of healthcare soars. We won't be able to purchase the private insurance available and will have to accept the government option. That is the plan. It's part of the move to force us to lose our liberty. Get involved everyone! Write, call! Vote!

  15. Rix says:

    When you let cockroaches vote, do not be surprised they vote for more crap in your house while paying you just enough attention to avoid your slipper.

  16. RAID! (tm) says:

    Rix is right.

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