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Dispelling myths about real health care reform
POSTED: March 25, 2010

To the editor

Recently Congress passed a health care reform package, the Health Care & Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010, with my support. I decided that it was in the best interest of upstate New York to enact this reform in order to lower health care costs and create jobs. However, I hear regularly from constituents concerns I believe are based on misinformation that I feel are important to clear up:

CLAIM: Health care reform will burden an already overblown deficit.

FACT: The bill set to be signed by the president will reduce our deficit by $1.3 trillion over the next 20 years (Congressional Budget Office Report: 3/20/10).

CLAIM: HR 4872 shortchanges our family doctors and community hospitals.

FACT: HR 4872 will largely eliminate around $45 billion in uncompensated care alone, helping to sustain our hospitals. This legislation provides funding for the education of primary-care doctors and other providers, as well as funding for community health centers (sections 5301-5315, 5501-5509, 5601-5605).

CLAIM: Those who already have health insurance will lose it.

FACT: HR 4872 specifically provides that those who already have health insurance will be able to keep it (Section 1251). It also extends massive tax cuts to middle-class families and small businesses for up to half of their insurance costs.

CLAIM: Health care reform is equal to a big government takeover of one-sixth of our economy.

FACT: HR 4872 did not include a public option and allows a market-based mechanism and insurance exchanges to bring down the cost of health insurance by opening the market for private insurance companies to millions of new customers (Sections 1311-1313; 1321-1324).

CLAIM: HR 4872 cuts into Medicare and reduces coverage for our seniors.

FACT: The bill strengthens Medicare by cutting unnecessary subsidies to insurance companies and rolling these savings back into a program to provide better care and coverage for our seniors (Section 3201, 3202). It links payments to quality outcomes (Section 3001-3008) and shared savings programs (Section 3022) and sustains Medicare (Sections 3401-3403).

CLAIM: This bill creates 100,000 new federal jobs.

FACT: I have read both bills (more than 2,500 pages total), and nowhere do they provide for governmental expansion. In the past two decades, the total number of federal jobs has decreased by 10 percent. This legislation creates 32 million more customers for private insurance companies who offer competitive products.

CLAIM: HR 4872 will decrease health care coverage for our troops.

FACT: Nowhere in any version of any health care bill is TRICARE negatively impacted. In fact, a recent bill (HR 3887) that unanimously passed the house floor requires that TRICARE coverage meets the minimum standards established under the bill.

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Good points.... by Margaret Bassett on Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 12:15:25 AM
The only real healthcare reform that will ever tru... by Hayesml47 on Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 12:08:55 PM
I agree.Insurance - any insurance - is basically a... by Yvona Fast on Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 7:49:35 PM
Why we would want to gamble on not just our own he... by Hayesml47 on Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 10:17:28 PM
who are aired regularly by NBC News(and support ot... by Michael Shaw on Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 1:06:18 PM
3.8% Obama rolled taxes back to or lower than the ... by Michael Shaw on Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 1:12:31 PM
Reps. Kucinich, Wasserman-Schultze and you voted f... by Miriam Callaghan on Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 1:13:50 PM
Miriam. Overall this bill is a huge gift to the in... by jdialo on Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 6:28:09 PM
This is an effort - not well disguised at all - to... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 10:20:38 PM
Lets dispense first of all with what the bill mean... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 11:00:42 PM
Mr. LeserHow do tax credits received after year en... by Miriam Callaghan on Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 11:12:25 PM
If it is, here is the answer. File a new W4 form t... by Steven Leser on Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 1:32:24 AM
that you should refrain from giving tax advice Mr.... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 2:11:45 AM
I'll give the same advice all day and it is regard... by Steven Leser on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 10:18:07 PM
and it would be wrong, Mr. Leser. I've worked with... by John Shriver on Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 9:07:36 AM
I infer that Mr. Lesser works for an employer that... by Miriam Callaghan on Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 11:01:44 PM
to my home and knows for whom I work and it is not... by Steven Leser on Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 11:11:35 PM
I'll repeat what I said AGAIN:If you have determin... by Steven Leser on Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 11:17:48 PM
You are not hearing me. (BTW, I didn't infer that ... by Miriam Callaghan on Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 12:25:31 AM
You're self employed as most of the uninsured are?... by Miriam Callaghan on Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 2:13:25 PM
is just that, credits. It doesn't help during the ... by John Shriver on Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 8:58:57 AM
Initially, under the new health care bill, my taxe... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 2:06:16 AM
...at least the kind that everyone (except those w... by Jill Herendeen on Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 2:30:05 PM
The French health care system is broke financially... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 12:12:00 AM
you get your information Codger but the French hea... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 1:08:48 AM
From a practical standpoint, France's health care ... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 3:52:39 AM
Yeah, France DOES have a good system!!! Sure wish... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 7:09:24 AM
because of their health care systems. Any trouble ... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 11:49:59 AM
you get your information Codger but the French hea... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 1:12:54 AM
Indeed with a large % of the poulation getting sup... by crispy on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 4:26:36 AM
it was created to be subsidized by the government ... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 12:12:56 PM
#1 - France's system is not a traditional single p... by Steven Leser on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 10:40:07 PM
precisely where? Or are you evenspeaking of me? I ... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 7:20:09 PM
U may e-mail me at chrisdd40 at yahoo.comI meant t... by crispy on Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 12:58:25 AM
Indeed "Old Codger" U seem to know a lot or are U ... by crispy on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 3:49:33 AM
That could take a long, long post and right now I ... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 4:06:26 AM
the CBO was right on the money when it rejected th... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 12:16:46 PM
How to pay for it is another matter. To hedge for ... by Margaret Bassett on Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 12:33:16 AM
...as people in the rest of the industrialized wor... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 7:19:53 AM
gobbling up 30% of the overall health care costs, ... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 12:26:27 PM
Rep. Owens, Please address the issue of the Medica... by Ilene Flannery Wells on Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 6:48:40 PM
coming from all sides is mind boggling. And I thou... by John Shriver on Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 9:15:19 AM
Someone playing cards once ask W.C. Fields if this... by Hayesml47 on Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 7:43:20 AM