WASHINGTON, D.C. | April 23, 2010 -
Rep. John Kline (R-MN), the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee’s senior Republican member, issued the following statement in response to a new analysis from the Office of the Actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):
“The independent experts have confirmed what Democrats in Washington, D.C. don’t want you to know: Millions of Americans who like their current coverage are slated to lose it under ObamaCare. Whether it’s working families who receive health benefits at work or seniors who rely on the Medicare Advantage program, the government takeover of health care means millions will be forced out of their current plans.
“As early as December, CMS sounded the alarm over this massive spending binge and entitlement expansion. Unfortunately, Democrat leaders chose to ignore their warning, and now, the American people and future generations are paying the price. Instead of clamping down on runaway health care spending, we now know the new health care law will cause health care spending to increase even more quickly than it would have under the broken status quo.
“In March, I joined Republican leaders in the House and Senate to request this important study. It was our hope the report would be available in time to help inform members of Congress, and the public, before they cast their final votes on health care. It is now clear why Democrat leaders rushed their government-run scheme to a vote before this report could be completed: Their rhetoric simply does not match reality. Instead of lowering health care costs, ObamaCare increases prices, jeopardizes access by expanding the strains on entitlement programs, and leaves our children with the bill.
“It is not too late to spare the American people the devastating consequences of government-run health care. I urge my colleagues to heed this latest warning as evidence of the need to undo this flawed law so we can begin to right the wrong of the Democrats’ government takeover of health care.”
NOTE: The CMS study, which was requested by House and Senate Republicans in March, found that 14 million Americans will lose their employer-provided coverage as a result of the Democrats’ health care legislation, while 7 million seniors – approximately half of all participants – will no longer be covered by Medicare Advantage. The study also projected that health care spending will increase by $311 billion over the next 10 years.
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