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September 25, 2009

The Democratic congressional leadership, led by Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, has now offered a bureaucratic, government-intrusive health care proposal.  The details change daily as the bill works its way through the Finance Committee, which Baucus chairs, for there are more than 500 proposed amendments being considered.  But the bill would start off by imposing annual fees of $6.7 billion on health insurance companies, $4 billion on medical device producers, $2.3 billion on drug manufacturers and $750 million on clinical laboratories, all of which would surely be passed on to consumers in higher prices.  The insurance companies' $6.7 billion fees alone would come to some 60 percent of the industry's after tax earnings, says Pete du Pont, chairman of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) and a former governor of Delaware.

And then American families who do not have health insurance -- the people the Democrats claim they're trying to help -- would be assessed fines of $750 to $1,900 a year.  All this reflects Congress's simple objective: government rather than individual control of our health care, says du Pont.

But America's health care is not doing badly.  Indeed a NCPA study from last March shows how much better we are doing than countries like Canada, Britain, and other European nations that have government health care control:

  • Breast-cancer mortality is 52 percent higher in Germany and 88 percent higher in Britain than in the United States.
  • Prostate-cancer mortality is 457 percent higher in Norway and 604 percent higher in Britain than in the United States.
  • Eighty-nine percent of middle-aged women in the United States have had a mammogram, compared with 72 percent in Canada.
  • Fifty-four percent of men in the United States have had a prostate-specific antigen test, compared with 16 percent of Canadian men.

As for the availability of health care:

  • Another study shows that 74 percent of those in the United States meet for scheduled doctors appointments within four weeks, while only 42 percent of British and 40 percent of Canadians do.
  • Only 10 percent of Americans wait longer than two months, while 33 percent of Brits and 42 percent of Canadians wait that long.

Source: Pete du Pont, "Bad Medicine; ObamaCare is hazardous to your health," Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2009.

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