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Thad McCotter News Letter May 4, 2010

Dear Friend:

As you know, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed President Obama’s government health care plan, after more than a year of debate.  While the bill passed and is now law, the debate continues, so if you have not already done so, I encourage you to sign up for updates through my website to avoid being left in the dark during the upcoming ‘black out’ period.

House rules prohibit member offices from hosting official tele-town halls or sending out Congressional newsletters during ‘black out’ periods.  In Michigan, our ‘black out’ period begins in May and runs into August.

On April 22, 2010, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new analysis of President Obama’s government health care plan, confirming our nation’s health care costs will increase rather than decrease and violating a pledge the President made to the nation on September 10, 2009.  CMS concluded:
  • National health care expenditures will increase by $311 billion. 
  • Health care increases to 21% of GDP by 2019.
  • The bill the President signed into law spends more than $828 billion for health care coverage.  (CMS didn’t analyze all the tax increases, such as HSAs, FSAs, increasing the AGI threshold, etc.)
  • The government will spend $410 billion to expand Medicaid.
  • Medicaid enrollment increases by 20 million new beneficiaries.
  • 18 million people will be uninsured (excluding 5 million illegal immigrants).
  • Uninsured and those employers who don’t offer coverage will pay $120 billion in taxes.
  • 50% of seniors will lose their Medicare Advantage plans.
  • Some of the Medicare cost-control mechanisms may not be sustainable.
  • Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) will run a deficit in 15 years.
  • The $5 billion for High Risk Pools is not enough.
  • Doctors may drop out of Medicare because of the changes in Medicare reimbursement rates.
  • Medicare “savings” may be difficult to achieve.
So, to stay as up-to-date as possible on the latest news from Washington, and how it could affect you, your workplace, or your family budget, I encourage you to sign up to receive my e-newsletter at

Or, if you would like to contact me or my staff directly, please call my Livonia office at (734) 632-0314, my Milford office at (248) 685-3494 or dial (202) 225-8171 for my office in Washington, DC.

I look forward to hearing your views on healthcare reform and all the other important issues impacting families in the 11th District and around the country.

I work for you.

Member of Congress

Learn more about Thad McCotter at Open Congress.

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