Sen. Grassley sums up objections to the Baucus bill, boldface added:
First and foremost . . . [it] moves the nation to “more and more government control of health care.”
[It] would produce the biggest expansion of Medicaid since its creation; it will create an “unprecedented federal mandate” for insurance coverage, which the Internal Revenue Service would enforce; it increases the size of government by at least $1.8 trillion when fully implemented; it gives the Health and Human Services secretary the power to define benefits for every plan in America and to redefine those benefits annually. . . .
The bill “will cause health care premiums for millions to go up, not down,” Grassley said. He pointed to new insurance rating reforms as well as new fees and taxes that will end up raising premiums for million of Americans.
Big Daddy will love it. Individual responsibility and freedom will suffer.
And, what we know too well, it’s a Dem bill (with maybe [did I say maybe? Was never any doubt] Sen. Snowe to buy in). Grassley:
“I still hold out hope that at some point the doorway to bipartisanship will be opened once again. I hope at some point the White House and the (Senate) leadership will want to correct the mistakes that they made by ending our collaborative bipartisan work.”
Hope away, Senator.