10 Ways Senate Health Reform Hurts You
Measure that should have saved money will cost an arm and a leg
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2009 6:03 PM CST
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. lifts a copy of the Democratic health care reform bill.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Senate health reform bill is all fire and brimstone for the folks over at Firedoglake. The “con job” legislation “isn’t a ‘starter home,’ it’s a sink hole,” Jane Hamsher writes, and “it needs to die so something else can take its place.” Why, you ask? Ten reasons:

  • $$$: "Forces you to pay up to 8% of your income to private insurance corporations."
  • More $$$: "Penalties of up to 2% of your annual income" if you don't buy insurance.

  • Yet more $$$: Coverage mandatory for some who can't afford "$11,900 in annual out-of-pocket expenses over and above their annual premiums."
  • Anti-choice: The bill is "designed to trigger a challenge to Roe v. Wade."
  • Worse care: Taxes on existing employer plans will decrease benefits.
  • No returns: Taxes would start now, but advantages don't materialize until 2014.
  • 300%: That's how much more the elderly could be charged.
  • Drugs: Big Pharma gets a handout, and you get charged more.
  • More drugs: No importation of cheaper alternatives.
  • $$$, again: "In 10 years, your family’s insurance premium will be $10,000 more annually than it is right now."