Baucus Plan Unveiled, Doctors Weigh In

Posted: September 16, 2009 in Health Care, Politics
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The much anticipated health care plan from Senator Max Baucus was released today to scrutiny from both Republicans and Democrats. While White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called the Baucus bill, “an important building block,” the plan would be paid for by $507 billion in cuts to existing government health programs (highly unlikely) and $349 billion in new taxes, including a 35 percent tax on insurance companies for high-cost plans, the cost of which would just be passed on to the consumer. So while the surface is made to look like the reform wouldn’t cost consumer directly, it will cost the consumer indirectly.

Initial comments rolling in:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: “This partisan proposal cuts Medicare by nearly a half-trillion dollars, and puts massive new tax burdens on families and small businesses, to create yet another thousand-page, trillion-dollar government program.”

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX): “Seldom have so many waited so long for so little. This isn’t negotiation; it is capitulation to the insurance industry.”

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV): “I cannot agree with him on this bill. … There is no way in present form I will vote for it.”

By the way… remember when president Obama stated in his speech before Congress that doctors backed his plan? Investors Business Daily just released a poll which shows that two out of every three practicing physicians in America oppose the current health care bill. More than that, 72% of doctors disagree with the Obama administration that they can accomodate 47 million new patients with better care at a lower cost. Also, 45% said they would consider retiring if Obamacare were implemented, further reducing the number of care providers.


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