Johnny Isakson: You don’t have health insurance, you get taxed — and if you do, you get taxed

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson delivered the weekly Republican address on Saturday, acknowledging the flood deaths in metro Atlanta before tearing into Democratic legislation on health care.

Here’s the YouTube clip:

Isakson specifically targeted the latest version, introduced by Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, as looking “an awful lot like the Democrats’ earlier proposals.”

Said Isakson:

“It would still impose taxes on virtually every American and small business. If you have insurance, you get taxed. If you don’t have insurance, you get taxed.

“If you’re an employer who cannot afford to provide health insurance to your employees, you get taxed. Manufacturers of medical devices such as hearing aids will get taxed. That means anyone who needs these devices will pay higher prices.”

Isakson also addressed new objections from the GOP over what they’re calling a “gag order” on private insurers. Here’s a quick backgrounder from the Washington Post:

The dispute began when the big insurer Humana, which manages health plans for Medicare beneficiaries, sent a letter to health plan members saying that reform proposals under consideration by Congress could cause “millions of seniors and disabled individuals” to lose “important benefits and services.” Humana urged its plan members to contact their elected representatives.
HHS accused Humana and other insurers of misleading Medicare beneficiaries. It ordered them to stop and said they could face enforcement action for violating restrictions on communications between Medicare health plans and their members.

Americans, said Isakson:

“…also are concerned about the heavy-handed approach the Democrats have taken, such as demonizing regular citizens for asking questions about their plans and imposing a gag order on insurers for suggesting anyone might lose benefits under the Democrats’ plan.

“The American people expect us to get this right and to do it in an open, honest and bipartisan debate.”

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18 comments Add your comment

Decatur Bubber

September 26th, 2009
8:34 am

Give us some real and meaningful alternatives to the “evil” Democratic plans, then. It would also help if you’d not cave in to Rush and Palin when the official GOP position became “we’re against them deciding when you’re gonna die,” and you initiallly said the idea is simply Advance Directives for Health Care, but immediately backed off when the official line became the Big Lie…and your moderate position became unacceptable to them!


September 26th, 2009
8:54 am

Humana is a large Part C Medicare Advantage insurer. Their real problem is the plan to drop Medicare Part C. HHS is paying about $14 Billion annually to the Part C insurers.

I am a Humana Part C policy holder. It is not any better than regular Part A & B, but is a lot more convenient. I pay a little more for the convenience. It allows me to have Supplemental & Part D with one policy. But dropping it would not bother me in the least if it will lower the cost of Medicare. Remember, baby boomers are about to go one medicare & we need to get the cost down significantly.


September 26th, 2009
11:31 am

Decatur they GOP has offered realistic and workable alternative healthcare reform ideas that would cost the federal govt almost nothing, but the Pelosi & reid team will not allow any of them to even come up for discussion.


September 26th, 2009
12:09 pm

Let me see if I understand jconservative. You have enjoyed using part C but you are willing to give it up so baby boomers like me can’t enjoy the same choices you did. Nice. Want to take my military retirement too?


September 26th, 2009
4:54 pm

If there’s a plan out there that prevents insurance companies from dropping you because you get sick, or not offering you insurance because you have a pre-existing condition (i.e., being pregnant), I’m for it.

But if you require those two things, without requiring that everyone buy insurance (which I admit is a pretty lousy mandate and impinges on our collective personal freedom), the insurers will actually go out of business, because people will just buy insurance after they get diagnosed with cancer. There is no way to do one without the other.

Isakson’s right. It’s going to mean more taxes. That sucks. But you know what sucks more? Paying premiums for forty years and then getting dropped due to a technicality. The health market has gone crazy. The higher taxes are just part of the correction. Fiscal conservative or no, it’s time to pay the piper.


September 27th, 2009
1:01 am

What if we put the health insurers out of business and we paid for medical care on a pay as you go basis with financial aid to those who need it and “hospitalization” for catastrophic illness.
That was what our parents had & at my age (mid 50’s) my parents had much better health care at much lower cost.
The real question is what happened to Obama’s promise that he wouldn’t do this. Guess he sold us out for a cushy job when he leaves office which can’t be soon enough for this former supporter.

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle

September 27th, 2009
10:15 am

Miriam is a retard. Her parents obviously chose tp keep in her in the retard school. The life expectancy in this country has grown 10 years since the 50’s. Not to mention all the treatments for cancer………… Typical lib diarreah of the mouth and brain.

Churchill's MOM

September 27th, 2009
1:27 pm

Would someone please provide me with the GOP insurance plan that was not written by and for the insurance companies.


September 27th, 2009
2:31 pm


If you, the GOP, or both, have alternative proposals please share with the rest of us. It would be nice to have a constructive debate and sit down and come up with a compromise. That, however, would mean that we take the politics out and actually solve an issue for once.

Making up stuff like death panels does not count as an alternative approach.

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle

September 27th, 2009
3:09 pm

Churchy’s mom, isn’t that the problem with the democrat plan in the senate? The left hates it because it was written by the insurance companies? Obama likes it. Therefore, Obama is a lapdog of the insurance compa pies? The democrats are unable to produce a bill, they cannot agree. And the way to counter any criticism is to attack the GOP. Which doesn’t have the votes to stop anyting. You wanna know why democrats are obessed with GOP support. I’ll tell you, the know that theire program is going to be a massive failure, like most ill concieved democrat programs, and whe the fit hits the shan, they want to be able to say “look both parties did it, don’t blame us.” Disgusting.

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle

September 27th, 2009
3:12 pm

GOP Plans include but are not limited to: TORT REFORM
Let INS companies compete across statelines.
Reform fed mandates that will compell states to
simplify regulations, thus encouragubg competion
across state lines.

The deocrats will not allow any of these ideas. They reject them, just like I and most of the country reject Obama’s plan.


September 27th, 2009
5:49 pm

Johnny needs a face lift and speech therapy can his insurance pay.

Churchill's MOM

September 28th, 2009
6:31 am

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle

3:12 pm
Please post the link to this GOP Program.


September 28th, 2009
3:18 pm

I hope he has some GREAT medical coverage. It’s going to take a LARGE TEAM of highly-skilled surgeons to remove his NOSE from Saxby’s A**!


September 28th, 2009
3:31 pm

Tort Reform?
SURE – IF you couple that with a program that would allow consumers to research the RECORDS of the DOCTORS.
That won’t happen.
If doctors want to protect themselves from TORT REFORM they should have no objection to PATIENTS PROTECTING themselves from BAD DOCTORS.
BESIDES: Isakson is another lying republican.
That’s ALL – A lying republican in the pocket of the health insurance companies and BIG SPECIAL INTERESTS.


September 28th, 2009
3:32 pm

You’ll get rid of the LAWSUITS….

Cobb Mom for Truth

September 29th, 2009
11:29 am

Enter your comments here This is where you can find the truth.


November 22nd, 2009
10:41 pm

This is getting wholly out of control. I don’t want to pay for any of this mess. If I need medical care, I’ll pay for it. If I can’t, I’ll die. But I’m NOT covering anything for anybody else via the government’s ideas. They can’t even balance their own budgets and they want to interfere with mine? NO THANKS.