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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Small Biz Health Care Daily: Three Poe Points

The list of problems that would accompany turning ObamaCare into law would be quite lengthy. A March 9 report in the Atoscocita Observer noted three woes highlighted by U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX). Poe correctly points to costs, bureaucracy and the Constitution.

The story stated:

Poe’s concern with the health care bill is multi-faceted and starts with the price tag.

“It will cost us $2.4 trillion. We absolutely do not have that kind of money. We’ve already borrowed money from China. China owns 60 percent of our debt, and some day, that’s a debt that has to be repaid. We’re broke,” he said.

Another issue Poe said he’s disputing is the creation of 111 new bureaucratic positions to the government. Not one of those positions, he said, will attend to one patient and “no one will become healthier because of them.”

The biggest apparent concern to Poe was the government’s involvement in a citizen’s health care at all. Part of the proposed Senate bill, Poe said, says that every citizen must purchase health insurance, either for themselves or through their companies. According to the bill, if a citizen doesn’t purchase insurance, they can be subject to fines, and if they don’t pay those fines, they can be subject to being brought up against the IRS for tax evasion.

“It is my opinion, and many of my constituents, that the Constitution doesn’t give the government the authority to force you to buy anything,” Poe said.

Good points by Congressman Poe.

Raymond J. Keating
Chief Economist
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

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