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.”
“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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