ATR MAY KEYVOTE AGAINST H.R. 847, 9/11 HEALTH BILL
Americans for Tax Reform is opposed to H.R. 847, a bill which creates a new healthcare entitlement funded by a tax increase. ATR may rate a vote against this bill in our annual Congressional scorecard.
H.R 847 raises net taxes. The bill is paid for with a net tax increase. ATR is opposed to any and all net tax hikes. Rather than paying for this expensive new healthcare entitlement with higher taxes, Congress should re-allocate resources from existing spending programs. Families must live within a budget, and so should the federal government.
H.R. 847 creates a new healthcare entitlement. This bill creates a new healthcare entitlement run out of Washington, DC. The Department of Health and Human Services would be negotiating provider payment rates, approving treatment protocols, establishing a competitive bidding program for prescription drugs, and evaluating the health of potential enrollees in the program. H.R. 847 would reimburse New York area hospitals at a rate that is on average 140 percent of the Medicare reimbursement rate. This provides a perverse incentive for hospitals to use unnecessary services in order to garner higher payments from the federal government.
ATR IS OPPOSED TO H.R. 847, MAY KEVOTE AGAINST