October 13, 2009
If you trust them now you'll pay for it later
By James Wilson

Please send another letter to Congress opposing the Big Government health care bill.

Here's what I said in my letter (you can crib from it for your letter) . . .

I don't believe the cost report from the Congressional Budget Office on the healthcare bill proposed by the Senate Finance Committee. I do not believe the claim that any Big Government health care scheme will reduce the deficit, but even if it does, it will do so at the cost of higher taxes. I still think Congress is trying to defraud the American public . . .

First, it remains the case that most of the costs will still come after the 10-year period covered by the CBO report.

Second, you're going to raise taxes now, but delay the start of the most significant expenses until 2013.

Third, the federal government has a terrible record when it comes to predicting the true costs of government healthcare interventions. A study by the Joint Economic Committee shows that government healthcare programs cost at least twice as much as promised, and often much more.

Congress's record of getting it wrong is so consistent that it suggests willful deceit. Please end the fraud! Do not pass any of the proposed Big Government healthcare bills. Instead . . .

Create a truly competitive national market for health insurance by allowing individuals and employers to buy health insurance regulated by the state of their choice. This is a very simple change that will allow citizens to avoid the expensive special interest mandates that make insurance too expensive in many states. Check out:

Second, make the deposit limit for Health Savings Accounts similar to the tax-free benefits available through employer provided health insurance. Expand the HSA deposit limit to something like $8,000 for individuals, and $16,000 for families. Check out:

If you're really honest about wanting to improve healthcare, you'll make these simple changes first.

Friends, I don't believe Congress. I don't trust Congress. I want simple changes that will restore the free market, not complex changes that will expand the federal government.

I'm guessing you want that too. Well, the only way to get what we want is to put some more pressure on them. You can send your letter to Congress here.

Jim Babka, President, Inc.

Filed under Downsizer Dispatch, Health
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