RUSH: I have ’em on one page, some of the tax increases in the Pelosi bill. They’re not just tax increases, but you remember yesterday Obama was out somewhere talking to small business people and said, ‘If you like your plan and if you like what you’re paying for it, if you like your benefits, keep it, nothing’s going to change.’
Page 94, Pelosi plan: ‘Prohibits the sale of private individual health insurance policies, beginning in 2013, forcing individuals to purchase coverage through the federal government.’ In 2013, after the 2012 presidential election. In 2013, there is no private insurance allowed. The sale of it will be prohibited.
Page 110: ‘Requires the use of federal dollars to fund abortions through the government-run health plan — and, if the Hyde Amendment were ever not renewed, would require the plan to fund elective abortions.’
Page 111 — Section 223: ‘Establishes a new board of federal bureaucrats (the ‘Health Benefits Advisory Committee’) to dictate the health plans that all individuals must purchase — and would likely require all Americans to subsidize and purchase plans that cover any abortion.’ The death panels are back, by the way.
Page 211 — Section 321: ‘Establishes a new government-run health plan that, according to non-partisan actuaries at the Lewin Group, would cause as many as 114 million Americans to lose their existing coverage.’
Page 225 — Section 330: ‘Permits — but does not require — Members of Congress to enroll in government-run health care.’ So they’ll be able to opt out of it and maintain their Cadillac plans.
Page 255 — Section 345: ‘Includes language requiring verification of income for individuals wishing to receive federal health care subsidies under the bill — while the bill includes a requirement for applicants to verify their citizenship, it does not include a similar requirement to verify applicants’ identity, thus encouraging identity fraud for undocumented immigrants and others wishing to receive taxpayer-subsidized health benefits.’
Page 297 — Section 501: ‘Imposes a 2.5 percent tax on all individuals who do not purchase ‘bureaucrat-approved’ health insurance — the tax would apply on individuals with incomes under $250,000, thus breaking a central promise of then-Senator Obama’s presidential campaign.’
Page 313 — Section 512: ‘Imposes an 8 percent ‘tax on jobs’ for firms that cannot afford to purchase ‘bureaucrat-approved’ health coverage; according to an analysis by Harvard Professor Kate Baicker, such a tax would place millions ‘at substantial risk of unemployment’ — with minority workers losing their jobs at twice the rate of their white counterparts.’
Page 336 — Section 551: ‘Imposes additional job-killing taxes, in the form of a half-trillion dollar ‘surcharge,’ more than half of which will hit small businesses; according to a model developed by President Obama’s senior economic advisor, such taxes could cost up to 5.5 million jobs.’ This is the thing we talked about yesterday, $500,000 for single filers, million dollars, the income surcharge on those earners. A lot of people are small business owners, and they file on their personal 1040 form.
Page 520 — Section 1161: ‘Cuts more than $150 billion from Medicare Advantage plans.’
Page 733 — Section 1401: ‘Establishes a new Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research; the bill includes no provisions preventing the government-run health plan from using such research to deny access to life-saving treatments on cost grounds, similar to Britain’s National Health Service, which denies patient treatments costing more than $35,000.’
Page 1174 — Section 1802(b): ‘Includes provisions entitled ‘TAXES ON CERTAIN INSURANCE POLICIES’ to fund comparative effectiveness research, breaking Speaker Pelosi’s promise that ‘We will not be taxing [health] benefits in any bill that passes the House.” And this, you know, is just the scratch-the-surface look ’cause there are 1,990 pages.
RUSH: You know the death panels are still in the bill. I got some e-mails, ‘Rush, you won’t find the word death panel in it.’ Wake up, folks. It’s even being reported by State-Controlled Associated Press. End-of-life counseling remains in the bill. ‘The Medicare end-of-life planning provision that 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said was tantamount to death panels’ for seniors is staying in the Pelosi bill. The provision allows Medicare to pay for voluntary counseling to help beneficiaries deal with the complex and painful decisions families face when a loved one is approaching death. … But when House Democrats proposed this summer to pay doctors for end-of-life counseling, it touched off a wave of suspicion and anger,’and they took it out of there and said it wasn’t going to happen and it was never in there. So now it’s in there. Let’s not forget, Newsweek: ‘The Case for Pulling the Plug on Granny.’