House Ways and Means Votes on Amendments to Health Care

From John Goodman’s Health Blog: The House Ways and Means Committee voted down the following amendments on the health care bill.

  • Rejected 25-15 an amendment from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that would have eliminated the public plan option;
  • Rejected 22-19 amendment from Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) that would have prevented providers from being forced to participate in the public plan;
  • Rejected 21-18 an amendment from Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) that would have required members of Congress and their dependents to enroll in the public plan option;
  • Rejected 21-19 an amendment from Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) that would have based payment rates on the private market, rather than on Medicare;
  • Rejected 26-15 an amendment by Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.) that would have prevented comparative effectiveness research from being used to deny care based on cost.

To this list, I’ll also add one amendment by my own Representative, Dave Reichert (WA-08):

To protect small businesses from a new 8% employer mandate penalty tax if the tax increase would result in laying off workers, cutting wages, or preventing the small business from hiring new workers.  The amendment was defeated.

So there you have it: The House voted against doctor’s rights, for rigorous Canadian-styled rationing, against businesses and workers, and — as always — more and more government.

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