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WHAT WASHINGTON DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW

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Mr. Speaker, Wisconsinites might want to know that just recently our Blue Cross-Blue Shield program announced that people in their 20s under this health care bill will see a 199% increase in their health insurance premiums. People in their 40s will see a 122% increase in their health insurance premiums.

People in their 50s will see a dramatic double-digit increase in their health insurance premiums. 214,000 Wisconsinites might want to know that their Medicare Advantage plan that they enjoy will be either dramatically more expensive or will go away completely.

The American taxpayer might want to know that government estimators are telling us that this bill will cost $1-2 trillion in a new health care entitlement, which will surely add more deficit and debt to future generations.

The shame of all of this, Mr. Speaker, is that we could fix whats broken in health care without breaking whats working in health care. Republicans have offered 40 different pieces of legislation in an attempt to get bipartisan compromise, to make sure that the uninsured get insured, that people with preexisting conditions get health care, and that we do this without breaking the bank, without raising taxes, creating new debt, new deficits, and new entitlements.

 

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From the Wall Street Journal... The WellPoint Studies predict big premium hikes for Milwaukee.

The story is largely the same from state to state, though the increases are smaller in the few states that have already adopted the same mandates and regulations that Democrats want to impose on all states. For the average small employer in high-cost New York, for instance, premiums would only rise by 6%. But they'd shoot up by 94% for the same employer in Indianapolis, 91% in St. Louis and 53% in Milwaukee.

 

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A GOP alternative? The editorial board of a newspaper nearby notices that there are some.

These excellent ideas could expand coverage for the uninsured without cratering the federal budget or curbing the competition and innovation that drive the U.S. health care system. Republicans should keep pushing them -- and ruling Democrats need to give them a full and fair hearing.

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