Monday, March 22, 2010

No/Nothing Repubs seek to increase taxes, cut funding to fight fraud and abuse, increase state Medicaid costs and keep the Cornhusker kickback

Repubs say they are determined to keep the health reform reconciliation bill from passing in the Senate. In other words, Repubs want to:

  • Reduce the tax credits for middle-income families to buy insurance.
  • Increase penalties for not buying insurance.
  • Keep the gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage.
  • Keep the Cornhusker Kickback.
  • Increase Medicaid costs to the states.
  • Reimburse doctors at less than full rate.
  • Cut funding to fight waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare by $250 million.
  • Increase taxes on high-end insurance plans.
  • Provided tax breaks to families making more than $250,000.
  • Kill efforts to reform the student loan program.

All of these things will happen if the No/Nothing Repubs are successful in blocking passage of the reconciliation bill fixes to the Senate bill.

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