Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"ObamaCare by the Numbers" by SKYE at MIDNIGHTBLUESAYS.COM

Found this over at

"ObamaCare by the Numbers" by SKYE at MIDNIGHTBLUESAYS.COM

852 - Pages in the bill

120 million - Number of individuals who could lose their current coverage as a result of the government-run plan reimbursing at Medicare rates created in the bill, according to non-partisan actuaries at the Lewin Group.

4.7 million - Number of jobs that could be lost as a result of taxes on businesses that cannot afford to provide health insurance coverage, according to a model developed by Council of Economic Advisors Chair Christina Romer.

$88,200 - Definition of "low-income" family of four for purposes of health insurance subsidies

Trillions - New federal spending, which likely could exceed the $1.6 trillion reported price tag of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus' legislation.

32 - Entitlement programs the bill creates, expands, or extends.

48 - Additional offices, bureaus, commissions, programs, and bureaucracies the bill creates over and above the entitlement programs listed above.

1,367 - Uses of the word "shall," representing new duties to be carried out by federal bureaucrats and mandates on individuals, businesses, and States.

$10 billion - Minimum loss sustained by taxpayers every year due to Medicare fraud; the government-run health plan utilizes the same ineffective anti-fraud statutes and procedures that have kept Medicare on the Government Accountability Office's list of high-risk programs for two decades.

$1.75 billion - Mandatory spending on home visitation services that would educate parents on "skills to interact with their child."

Zero - Prohibitions on government programs like Medicare and Medicaid from using cost-effectiveness research to impose delays to or denials for access to life-saving treatments.

2017 - Year Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will be exhausted - a date unchanged by the legislation, which re-directs savings from Medicare to finance new entitlements for younger Americans.

On June 23, in a conference call, Congresswoman Alyson Schwartz proposed a 'sugar' tax to help pay for this monstrosity of a healthcare plan. The Dems plan to give you everything - especially the bill for everything. Think about that the next time you buy a Rita's Water Ice or Diet Coke - then again they may become a luxury the average American cannot afford.

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