Now folks this is going to be a complicated post and a bit dry but what it all boils down to is Power and Control of the few over the lives and in this case the health of the many. First some background. Yesterday while doing my daily reading I went to the House ways and Means Committee web site. The reason was because in according to the Constitution of the United States all revenue bills must originate in the House and that committee has jurisdiction (jurisdiction: power; authority; control) over tax matters. As readers Rep. Charlie “The Cockroach” Dent (R-Pa) has stated that the “Emperor” Ryan (R-Wi) budget closed loop holes in the tax code, So I was looking to see if in fact any legislation had been but in front of the committee sense My last post on the subject. So back to the current situation. Once on the site( http://waysandmeans.house.gov/ ) I was greeted with press releases from Rep. David “Show Me The Money” Camp (R-Mi).
In these press releases is a section entitled “The Prescription Pad” and digging deeper in that section I came across this title “What Job Creators and Economists are Saying About the Democrats’ Health Care Law and Jobs ” and I started reading and following links now here is were it starts to get complicated. The first link was to a letter or statement submitted by the “Small Business Coalition for Affordable Health care”( http://waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/SBCoalitionrepeal1_18_11final.pdf )Ok so I read their letter and even went to their web site to find out exactly who they are ( http://www.smallbusinesshealthcarecoalition.com/page.asp?content=startpage&g=hccoalition ) which tell no one anything except they are opposed to the current health care law and they offer no alternatives. Ok so I move on to the next source contained in the press release ( http://waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/NFIB.pdf ) This one from the “National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and started to read their letter and then it hit Me the two letters were the same verbatim, or at least that is the way it seemed to Me but I will let you the reader decide.
First we have the pertinent part from the “Small Business Coalition for Affordable Health Care” (link is Small Business Coalition for Affordable Health Care ). So here is what they said “Representing the country’s largest, oldest and most respected small business associations who have spent more than a decade working to increase the affordability of and access to private health insurance, the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Health care is writing to express our support for H.R. 2, which repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC The self‐employed and small business community could not be more honest about the destructive effects the PPACA places on the nations job creators. This law is loaded with new mandates, new taxes and perverse incentives that will forever harm the workplace and the relationship between employers and their employees. Small business has already started to feel the negative impacts of this new law. Some have had their insurance plans canceled. Others are looking at changing plans because they will no longer be able to afford to meet new requirements. Worse for small businesses is their anticipation and uncertainty about what is yet to come. If this law remains in place, the small business community will be forced to divert resources away from hiring and expanding their business the very investments our country so desperately needs as it continues to struggle in a faltering economy with near double‐digit unemployment. There are a variety of provisions that will have a direct negative impact on small business, some of the most egregious include: An employer mandate that encourages job cuts, not job creation, mandates
New taxes on small business health insurance plans reporting mandates Onerous 1099 paperwork information,Higher insurance costs due to new mandated benefits,Increases in Medicare payroll taxes New taxes, fees and mandates specifically targeted at the small business community Prohibitions on HSAs, FSAs and HRAs that limit employer and employee flexibility and drive up health care costs Our nations small businesses strongly believe that the repeal of PPACA is the first, not the final step. Repeal alone is not enough because, in the absence of real and meaningful reform, our No. 1 concern ‐ access to affordable health care ‐ remains. We urge Congress to take two critical steps to address health care concerns facing employers and employees. First, Congress must begin conducting oversight hearings to examine the lessons learned from PPACA. Second, we call on Congress to do what wasn’t done before ‐ engage with people in states and districts who remain actively involved and committed to developing and supporting responsible health care solutions that put costs first and people ‐ not government ‐ in control of their health care needs and decisions.” Now here is what the “National Federation of Independent business”( http://waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/NFIB.pdf ) Now the pertinent part of their letter states “While small business supports repeal of the PPACA, repeal is the first not the final step.Repeal alone is not enough because in the absence of real and meaningful reform, small businesses number one concern – access and affordability of health care – will remain.We urge Congress to take two critical steps to address health care concerns facing Main Street employers and employees. First, Congress must begin conducting oversight hearings to examine the lessons learned from PPACA. Second, we call on Congress to do what wasn’t done before – engage with people in states and districts across the nation who remain actively involved and committed to developing responsible and responsive health care solutions that put costs first and people – not government – in control of their health care needs. These are not the only two letters I read or researched in fact I went through all the references cited by Rep. David “Show Me the Money” Camp and they all had one thing in common. They all kept the Employer in control of what benefits were to be available to the employees at what ever price the employer decides to charge.
The business community understands if they should loose control an power over health care wages must increase and they are unwilling to foot the bill. The fact is that while the United States pays more per personfor health care we have the worst outcomes and that is because the Business community is in charge of health care. Short term profits take priority over the long term benefit not only to business but to the public. At this point it is about Power and Control and not about the cost or benefit. While I can go on I will instead encourage the readers to go to the House Ways and Means Committee site and follow the links and draw their own conclusions. I have drawn mine and it is that David “Show Me the Money” Camp (R-Mi) is not only bought and paid for but is a prostitute.