Monday, May 19, 2008

What's the difference between Wyden's Healthy Americans Act and Bush's war in Iraq?

Well, for starters, the Healthy Americans Act is expected to pay for itself in its first year, then produce a surplus within a few years. Can't say that about Bush's war.

Wyden, D-Ore, touted the preliminary analysis, by the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation, as demonstrating that it is possible to provide universal health care without large tax increases.

They have told us that all Americans can have quality, affordable health care without breaking the bank," Wyden said after emerging from a closed briefing on the analysis with many of his 13 co-sponsors.

Let's review:

Best single thing about HAA: It doesn't perpetuate the historical accident of employer-based health care. Given that workers entering the job market today will probably change jobs up to 10 times in their working lives, that's a good thing.

Second best thing: Guarantees every American health care at the level currently enjoyed by every federal employee, including members of Congress.

Third best thing: Subsidizes health care up to 400% of the poverty level.

Learn more about the Healthy Americans Act here.

Suggestion to Senator Wyden: Why not tell Gordon Smith he gets no more freebie "bipartisan" photo ops with you to use in his re-election campaign until he signs on as co-sponsor of the HAA?

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