Burn the phone lines:
Senator Max Baucus 202-224-2651
Senator Evan Bayh 202-224-5623
Senator Mark Begich 202-224-3004
Sen Jeff Bingaman 202-224-5521
Sen. Robert C. Byrd 202-224-3954
Sen. Susan M. Collins 202-224-2523
Sen. Kent Conrad 202-224-2043
Sen. Byron L. Dorgan 202-224-2551
Sen. Michael B. Enzi 202-224-3424
Sen. Charles E. Grassley 202-224-3744
Sen. Kay Hagan 202-224-6342
Sen. Mary L. Landrieu 202-224-5824
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman 202-224-4041
Sen. Blanche L. Lincoln 202-224-4843
Sen. Claire McCaskill 202-224-6154
Sen. E. Benjamin Nelson 202-224-6551
Sen. Mark Pryor 202-224-2353
Sen. Olympia J. Snowe 202-224-5344
Sen. Arlen Specter 202-224-4254
Sen. Jon Tester 202-224-2644
Sen. Mark Warner 202-224-2023
Sen. James H. Webb Jr. 202-224-4024
The health care “reform” legislation that is moving through the Senate Finance Committee fails to
offer the common sense reforms our system needs and instead decreases our health insurance
choices and makes health care more expensive with higher taxes.
TELL YOUR SENATORS:
Riddled with Taxes: This legislation is riddled with tax hikes. They start by taxing those
earning over $10,831 year who don’t buy health insurance $750—a tax that escalates to
$3,800 as income rises. Health insurance, health care devices and drugs are also taxed,
adding to the cost of health care, and decreasing the competitiveness of these businesses.
Medicare Cuts: The bill cuts $500 billion in Medicare spending, including over $130
billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage and nearly $120 billion in Medicare cuts for hospitals
that care for seniors. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says they “expected the
Medicare Advantage plans to lose 2.7 million enrollees over the next decade” as a result.
Raises Insurance Prices: CBO also finds “premiums in the new insurance exchanges
would tend to be higher than the average premiums in the current-law individual market…”
Force, Not Choice: This legislation includes an “individual mandate” forcing all Americans
to purchase health insurance, like the Massachusetts law. Taxpayer subsidies will be given
to those earning up to three times the federal poverty level. Those not qualifying for
subsides will be taxed up to $3,800 if they do not buy insurance. The experience in
Massachusetts has left those caught inbetween unable to afford insurance and having to pay
Big Insurance Boondoggle: Forcing all the uninsured into insurance could bring as much as
$200 billion a year in new premiums to insurance companies, including $465 billion in
subsidies over 10 years.
Privacy Violation: This legislation would allow law enforcement agencies such as the FBI
and the Department of Justice unprecedented unfettered access to medical records.
No Lawsuit Reform: This bill fails to curb junk lawsuits. It doesn’t even implement the
“demonstrations projects” on reform the President called for (despite the fact that states like
Mississippi have already done so and seen medical malpractice insurance premiums drop 42
percent). Instead, it will “express the Sense of the Senate that health care reform presents an
opportunity to address issues related to medical malpractice and medical liability insurance.”
Bipartisan Opposition: The only thing bipartisan about this bill is the opposition to it.
A vote for cloture on this legislation is a vote in favor of government-run health care.
We will be watching your vote closely. VOTE NO!
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