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Chamber of Commerce attack ad

posted Oct 27, 2010 19:03:20 by ChuckHaunreiter
Got a flyer in the mail from our good friends at the Chamber of Commerce, who don’t disclose their donors.

1. It points out that Denny Heck supports the new health care bill. It claims that there will be “Medicare cuts of $500 billion and reduced benefits for seniors.

King Chuck says that’s false.

Medicare subsidizes these plans — paying them more on average than what the same services would cost in traditional Medicare. As a result, beneficiaries pay less or get extra benefits, such as dental coverage or even health club memberships. The extra cost is paid by taxpayers and through higher premiums for enrollees in traditional Medicare.

Health care reform will phase out these unjustified subsidies starting in 2012 and use the savings, $132 billion over the next decade, to help finance coverage of the uninsured. Enrollments are projected to fall as some plans drop out and others raise their charges or reduce benefits. There will still be plenty of private plans available, and any older Americans who can’t find one to their liking will still have access to traditional Medicare.

Whose Advantage, The New York Times, October 10, 2010

2. The Chamber claims “$1 trillion price tag, with our kids and grandkids stuck wth the bill for all this debt.

King Chuck says that’s false.

The Congressional Budget Office says that health reform will reduce the deficit by $143 billion dollars over the next ten years.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

3. The Chamber claims there will be “Doctor shortages.

King Chuck says that’s true.

So why don’t the Republicans start a campaign to get more students into medical school?

4. The Chamber claims there will be “Crushing premium increases.

King Chuck says that’s partially false.

The budget office concluded that premiums for people buying their own coverage would go up by an average of 10 percent to 13 percent, compared with the levels they'd reach without the legislation. That's mainly because policies in the individual insurance market would provide more comprehensive benefits than they do today.

For most households, those added costs would be more than offset by the tax credits provided under the bill, and they would pay significantly less than they have to now.

The premium reduction of 14 percent to 20 percent that Obama cites would apply only to a portion of the people buying coverage on their own — those who decide they want to keep the skimpier kinds of policies available today.

ABC News, March 17, 2010

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