Submitted By Todd on June 13th at 8:14am
Health-care overhaul legislation being drafted by House Democrats will include $600 billion in tax increases and $400 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel said.Americans are immensely happy with the health care system - it's just too expensive. Will making it universal make it cheaper?
Asked whether the cost of a health-care overhaul would be more than $1 trillion over a decade, Rangel said, “the answer is yes.” Some Senate Republicans, including Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, say the costs will likely exceed $1.5 trillion.Socialized medicine is one of those issues that voters can be tricked into, but it's not something they'll support if they know the details. For example, Rasmussen reports that:
Eighty percent (80%) of U.S. voters oppose providing government health care coverage for illegal immigrants as part of the health care reform package that is working its way through Congress.Could the unintended consequence of the health insurance debate be reigniting the immigration debate with health care falling apart in the process? Here's another challenge to socializing medicine - only 22% of voters support the idea of a health insurance mandate. But the mandate is key to what the Democrats have in mind. The Democrats' gameplan? Require all Americans to have insurance, have one of the options be a public plan, then drive the private options out of business. Presto! Hot Air posted this video, from Verum Serum, which shows clearly the plan to trick people into thinking that adding a public insurance option is about health care choice. Despite the usual political shell games being played by Obama, he's got some clear problems getting this thing done. Does it matter that Americans oppose the idea of a mandatory public insurance plan?
But a plurality of all Americans (49%) still believes a private health insurance company is likely to provide better service and more choice. Twenty-nine percent (29%) say a government-run plan would do a better job and offer more choice, but one-out-of-five (21%) are not sure which would do better.Are Americans unhappy with the health care system? Nope. We love it.
More than eight in 10 Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday said they're satisfied with the quality of health care they receive.The problem isn't the care, it's the cost.
But satisfaction drops to 52 percent when it comes to the amount people pay for their health care, and more than three out of four are dissatisfied with the total cost of health care in the United States.Democrats have to convince Americans that it is worth doing something intuitively un-American (health care mandate), and that illegal aliens won't be covered, that the quality of care won't be diminished, and that higher taxes will be justified.
Rangel said that while House Democrats will likely release more details about health policy changes in their legislation next week, the package of offsetting tax increases and spending cuts likely will come later. Democrats, he said, want to put forth the more-positive aspects of an overhaul first. Rangel also wants to let lawmakers have time to study and weigh in on proposed offsets. “We have a problem in not wanting to attract enough negative attention to the bill in terms of the pay-fors,” he said. “Let them get a good feel for the coverage.”We're starting to get a good feel, and it doesn't feel good.