Monday, September 07, 2009

Democrats: we will lower health care costs by jacking them up

Tomorrow's edition of The Wall Street Journal reports that a compromise heath care overhaul bill is in the works.

Among the methods that Democrats intend to use to fund the plan: new taxes on existing insurance plans.

The committee needed to plug a $100 billion shortfall in the plan's budget over a decade, and Mr. Baucus assembled a combination of spending changes and revenue increases to make up for the gap, according to people familiar with the proposal. The main new item is an across-the-board fee placed on insurance companies that is estimated to raise tens of billions of dollars over the next decade...

For years, Barack Obama has pointed to rising health care costs as the rationale for a sweeping overhaul of the entire medical industry.

So the Democrats answer is to dramatically raise health care costs for the average American family that already has insurance by assessing new fees and penalties on insurance companies.

The insurance industry balked at the fee proposal. "New taxes on health-care coverage will only make coverage less affordable for families and small businesses," said Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry's main trade group.

In short, Democrats will solve the problem of rising health care costs by making health care plans more expensive.

To call the Democrats' health care message incoherent is to give them far too much credit.

The sixties retreads that control the current Democrat leadership need to stop dropping acid for a couple of weeks so they can craft a message that actually sounds like one of their traditional lies.

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