Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Congressman Tiberi's Response on Health Care Reform

Below is an email I received from Congressman Tiberi regarding my recent letter to him on the Health Care Reform Bill. I sent the same letter to Congressman Space, but haven't received a response yet.

Dear Mrs. Hottinger,

Thank you for your email regarding healthcare reform. I agree with you on this issue and voted against H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. I appreciate this opportunity to correspond with you.

H.R. 3962 is flawed and I opposed this bill for many reasons. This bill creates a government-run health care program that will end the current doctor-patient relationship. It raises taxes and raises premiums for people that already have insurance. It expands Medicaid without fixing its funding problems, at a time when state governments are already cutting services. It cuts Medicare by $500 billion dollars, which could result decreasing benefits for one in three seniors in Central Ohio. It does nothing to address medical liability reform. The Ohio State Medical Association, the association that represents physicians in Ohio, opposed this legislation saying it, "lacks many of the critical elements necessary for successfully reforming American's health care delivery system and strengthening the physician-patient relationship". It imposes a "pay-or-play" employer mandate to cover employees. This mandate will result in $135 billion in new taxes on businesses that cannot afford to finance their employees' coverage. It eliminates nontaxable reimbursements of over-the-counter medication from Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs).

I believe we need to fix what's broken. We don't need a 2,000 page, $1.3 trillion bill that will continue to add debt to future generations.

Again, thank you for your interest in this issue. This issue has now moved to the U.S. Senate for consideration. If I may be of assistance in the future, please don't hesitate to contact my office.


Patrick J. Tiberi
Representative to Congress

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