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Writer challenges Republicans on health-care reform bill

01.18.11

JANUARY 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Writer challenges Republicans on health-care reform bill

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, January 4th- According to a article published by the Americans United for Change.org, a left-leaning web-site in Washington, DC, if Republican members in the United States House of Representatives repeal healthcare reform it would cost hundreds of billions of dollars, violating their campaign pledge of reducing the federal deficit.

According to a article authorized by Ezra Klein one of the Republican members of Congress new rules says that new legislation must be paid for. But the health-care bill reduces the federal deficit by more than $100 billion over the next 10 years.

However, Klein states that the Republicans have figured out an answer to their program: “They’ve decided to simply exempt the repeal bill from the rules. That means they’re beginning the 112th Congress by lifting their own rules in order to take a vote that will increase the deficit. Change we can believe in, and all that,” states Klein.

Republican are aware that their action does not look good, so they are trying to explain why their decision to lift the rule requiring fical responsibility is actually fiscally responsible. Majority Leader Eric Cantor got asked about it and said they talked about 10 years worth of tax hikes and six years’ worth of benefits and everyone knows beyond the 10-year window, the health-care reform legislation has the potential to bankrupt the federal government as well as the states, Mr. Cantor stated.

Klein stated the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the health-care reform law saves vastly more money in its second decade than in the first 10 years.

“The legislation will reduce federal deficits during the decade beyond the 10-year budget window relative to those projected under current law, with a total effect in a broad range around one-half percent of the GDP,” states Klein.

Klein added, “What’s important about Mr. Cantor’s argument is not that he’s wrong. It’s why he’s saying something he knows to be wrong. There are plenty of reasons to oppose the health-care reform bill. You might not want to spend that money insuring people, or you might not think the legislation goes far enough in reforming the system. But as a matter of arithmetic, using the math that Congress always uses, the bill saves money. It cuts enough spending and raises enough taxes to more than pay for itself, both in the first 10 years and in the second 10 years.”

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