The White House and liberal think tanks insist that health care reform will lower costs, but the public isn’t buying it — and for good reasons.
Practically every aspect of the bills Democrats are considering — from covering the uninsured to taxes on providers, insurance reforms and Medicare cuts — will result in higher premiums for those with insurance.
“The mood of America is glum. Two-thirds of the public is dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country” and voters’ anti-incumbent mood is approaching 1994 and 2006 levels, when control of Congress changed hands.
Liberal health-reform advocates have talked about ramming a reform plan — including a Medicare-like public insurance option — through the Senate with only 51 Democratic votes. But a leading Senate player says it won’t work.
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