Senate Vote is Last Chance to Stop “HillaryCare.”

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The HillaryCare proponents in Congress are making good on their campaign promise!

Under the guise of helping children without health insurance, the House of Representatives voted 289 to 139 last week in favor of a massive expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) – paving the way for a government-run, universal healthcare system and dramatically increasing the cost of this program to you, me, and all taxpayers!

Our last line of defense against those who want to impose socialist, Canadian-style healthcare on this country is the Senate, which is expected to consider SCHIP legislation as early as next week.  It is urgent that you tell your U.S. Senators today to oppose the expansion of SCHIP and the tax increases that would be required to pay for it.

SCHIP was originally designed to help low-income families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid gain access to health insurance for their children.  The legislation approved by the House would increase the SCHIP income eligibility cap from the current 200 percent of the federal poverty line ($42,400 in annual income for a family of four) to 300 percent of the federal poverty line ($63,600 in annual income), making the eligibility ceiling for this “low-income” program higher than the median household income in this country.  What’s more, states can apply for a federal waiver to raise the ceiling even higher!

The House bill would more than double spending on SCHIP from $25 billion to $60 billion over four-and-a-half years.  It would also permit states to cover legal aliens under SCHIP and Medicaid without the customary five-year waiting period established by the 1996 welfare reform law.  In addition, the SCHIP legislation does nothing to prevent parents from transferring their children from private insurance plans to the taxpayer-funded program.  According to the Congressional Budget Office, 2.4 million individuals could leave private insurance and join a government-run plan if this bill becomes law.

To pay for this big-government healthcare expansion, its advocates have proposed increasing the federal cigarette excise tax by 156 percent.  Trust me, this will be just the first of many tax increases to come as SCHIP, like virtually every other entitlement program before it, ends up costing more than expected and sucking up increasing amounts of your tax dollars!

After the failure of HillaryCare in the 1990s, the universal healthcare proponents have wised up.  They know they can’t impose a  government takeover of America’s healthcare system – and the massive tax increases needed to pay for it – all at once without provoking a resounding public outcry.  Instead, they’ve adopted an incremental approach, where they will slowly expand existing government healthcare programs until they crowd out private insurance.

The backers of this plan think they can make all Americans dependent on the government for our healthcare before we know what hit us!

Please tell your Senators today to oppose the expansion of SCHIP and the tax increases that would pay for it!

Sincerely,

Thomas A. Schatz
President

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The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), the nation’s largest taxpayer watchdog organization with more than one million members and supporters nationwide.  CCAGW is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that lobbies for legislation to eliminate waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government. For more information about CCAGW, visit www.ccagw.org.
Help CCAGW wage this battle to stop the HillaryCare proponents and their government-run healthcare/high-tax agenda by making a contribution to support our lobbying and grassroots campaign today.

Please help us put a stop to this government-run healthcare scheme that our nation simply can’t afford by contacting your friends and neighbors and urging them to take action.

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Published in: on January 25, 2009 at 10:41  Leave a Comment  
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