Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"Congress had an opportunity, and still does, to enact something the American people can get behind. But congressional leaders and the White House seem so focused on making history they’ve stopped actually listening to the American people. All the backroom deals, budget gimmicks and broken promises made it clear they’re willing to go to any length to pass this bill. This legislation will raise taxes by half a trillion dollars, it will cut Medicare by more than half a trillion dollars and not to strengthen Medicare but to fund the creation of a new and unsustainable entitlement program, and it will cause health insurance premiums to go up even more than they already are increasing. Rather than bring the country together around some common-sense reforms, this bill has driven the country further apart, at the very time we need to come together, especially for economic recovery efforts. Health care reform legislation can and should be done with broad-based support."
Press release, "House Passage of Senate Health Care Reform Bill," grassley.senate.gov, Mar. 21, 2010
Experts Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care; top-level federal government officials significantly involved in health care and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
United States Senator (R-IA), Jan. 4, 1981-present
Member, Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee
Member, Senate Budget Committee
Member, Joint Committee on Taxation
Member, Senate Judiciary Committee
Co-Chairman, Caucus on International Narcotics Control