A Closer Look At the Senate Health Care Measure That President Obama Must Sign Into Law Before the Democrats’ House-Senate Compromise Measure Can Move Forward
- Kickbacks and Special Deals for Some States. Policies like the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, and Gator Aid, which provide extra funding, or special exemptions for a handful of states funded by every taxpayer.
- Federal Funding of Abortion. The Senate bill would permit federal funds to subsidize health care plans that cover abortion, would allow multi-state plans to offer abortion and would require citizens in states that have opted-out of funding elective abortion coverage in their own state exchange to fund federal subsidies for plans that cover elective abortion in other states.
- Cadillac Tax on Health Care Plans. The Senate bill would impose a special tax on higher end health care plans, like those teachers, police, and firefighters receive. The vast majority of the people who will be subject to this new tax make less than $250,000 a year.
- Deals for Special Interests. The Senate bill includes language exempting Michigan Blue Cross/Blue Shield from the new tax that would be imposed on health insurers.
Democratic leaders say once the Senate bill is signed into law they’ll have these and other bad policy measures fixed by passing their “compromise” reconciliation bill. But with deals like those listed above that were made behind closed doors, can we really trust them?