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AFP: 219-212, Costly Government Health Care

Patients First a Project of Americans for Prosperity

You probably didn’t feel it when you woke up, but last night our country changed. Democrats in Congress passed health care legislation that put Washington in charge of your health care. Never has Congress passed a piece of legislation that grows government to this extent.

ObamaCare (H.R. 3590) imposes $500 billion of new taxes, cuts Medicare by $500 billion, and expands Medicaid by 33% in the middle of a deep recession. IRS agents will now ensure that you buy Washington-approved health insurance – and we don’t even know what that will look like. Last night Congress created an entirely new program that Senator Conrad (D-ND) called “a Ponzi scheme of the first order, the kind of thing that Bernie Madoff would have been proud.”

219 Democrats voted to impose mandates, higher taxes and insurance premiums and protect President Obama’s political legacy over jobs and the economy. Without a single Republican vote, there was nothing bi-partisan about this bill.

Considering health care is one-sixth of our economy, this one-sidedness is shocking and rare for bills of this magnitude. Notably, Social Security garnered 284 Democrats and 81 Republicans and Medicare received 248 Democrat and 65 Republican votes.

We would like to thank you. Thank you for letting us intrude into your daily lives with emails and requests to call your Congressman. This has been a long battle and we have asked a lot of you. We have lost this round of the battle for the future of this country, but we have not lost the war. We have overcome tyranny before and we will do it again.

Sincerely,

Patients First Team

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