President Obama is expected to sign the historic health care bill into law tomorrow, but several Kentucky lawmakers are still talking about how much they hate it!
Under the bill, most Americans will be required to have health insurance. The bill says the government will help pay for it by expanding Medicaid programs to include families making less than $29,000 a year.
But Republican lawmakers from Kentucky say it will do more harm than good
President Obama is ready to make health care reform a reality for all Americans.
“This legislation will not fix everything that ails our health care system but it moves us decisively in the right direction,” Obama says. “This is what change looks like.”
But, Congressman Hal Rogers says the passing of the Health Care Reform Bill on Sunday is another Government takeover.
“It raises taxes on practically everybody,” Rogers says. “it cuts big huge slices out of Medicare, Social Security, the Veteran's Administration Tri-Care Program.”
You can expect to see the first health care changes play out by year's end.
Among them... Insurance companies will no longer be able to cancel coverage when someone gets sick or ban coverage for children due to pre-existing conditions. .
Children will be able to stay on their parents' policies until age 26.
The bill is projected to cost $940 Billion during the next decade and Republicans are wondering how the Government is going to pay for it.
“If you're going to include $45 million more people that are not on the rules, and provide free health care for them, do you think that is going to save you money?,” Rogers says.
“Americans know you don't drive down the cost of health care by spending another $2.5 Trillion dollars on health care,” U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says. “They know we can help people with preexisting conditions without slashing Medicare to do it.”
Even with Tuesday's signing, the bill is not a done-deal until a second bill, filled with changes to the first, passes the senate.
Republicans have vowed to make it difficult and they could slow it down if they change even one word of the bill.
Kentucky Democrat Ben Chandler also voted no on the health care reform bill.
He was one of only 34 democrats who are not in favor of president Obama’s bill.
Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers and Senator Mitch McConnell were two of the lawmakers voting against the health care legislation.
Both say the bill will increase taxes and cut millions of funding from Medicare.
The bill passed the house with zero republican support.
Republicans say the bill is unconstitutional and the GOP vows to do all they can to repeal the new bill.
“Democrats may have won their vote last night, but they lost the argument and they've lost the trust of the American people,” Senator McConnell said.
“It was something I regret. I voted against it. I did all I could to defeat it but they outnumbered us and they passed that monstrosity,” representative Hal Rogers said.
The proposed bill is projected to cost 940 billion dollars over the next decade and cut the federal deficit by more than 135 billion during the same time.
President Obama could sign the bill as early as Tuesday.