Today’s Health Care Check-Up: — August 18, 1999
Is Congress Serious About Cutting Taxes?
If so, then they shouldn’t support legislation that could
a costly "health care tax" on American
The House of Representatives appears to be involved in a classic case
of "the one hand not knowing what the other is doing."
Before the House left Washington, DC for the August recess, it passed a
much-touted tax cut for families. Amazingly, when the House returns to
Washington in September, it will likely consider health care legislation
that would impose a new "health care tax" on American families.
The Dingell-Norwood bill – which would subject employers who
voluntarily sponsor health benefit plans for their employees to costly,
expanded lawsuits – will have a dramatic effect on health care costs.
Dingell-Norwood contains many of the same big-government mandates found in
the Kennedy-Dingell "Patients Bill of Rights," which the Congressional
Budget Office estimated would increase costs by 6.1 percent. This
translates into a $350 "health care tax" on families, many of whom
are already struggling to afford health insurance.
If Congress is serious about cutting taxes, it should not pass health
care reform legislation that increases families’ health care
Oppose the Dingell-Norwood health care bill – families
don’t need a new "health care tax."