The following is a portion of a Letter to the Editor submitted to the Bergen Record by a member on New Jersey Tea Party Coalition refuting published comments blasting Congressman Scott Garrett's position on HR 3962 and Comments insulting concerned citizens.
I take great exception to begin called aged unpaid lobbyists for the insurance companies. I am a working taxpaying American Citizen very much against HR 3962. I traveled to Washington, DC last week to protest HR 3962. I took a day off from work, I forfeited a days pay. And I will do it again if I feel I need to.
HR 3962 is not about health care it is an assault on our freedom of choice and our liberties. I thought Democrats and the left were big advocates of freedom of choice.
Page 94-Section 202(c) prohibits the sale of private individual health insurance policies, beginning in 2013, forcing individuals to purchase coverage through the federal government
Less than $500,000.00 in gross payroll is not a small business it is a micro business; more like a sole proprietor filing a schedule C. Any small business with one or two partners and several employees will easily exceed this limitation.
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
What will be imposed on individuals earning over $250,000.00? And how long or when will they reduce this income level?
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
We are back to the 8% tax. Employers are already taxed too high!
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
What are these additional taxes going to be? They are not yet telling us.
Page 520-Section 1161 cuts more than $150 billion from Medicare Advantage plans, potentially jeopardizing millions of seniors' existing coverage
We are supposed to take care of our seniors!
My company was facing an substantial increase in insurance premiums last year so we investigated our options as we do every year and we were successful in keeping our premiums constant, providing the same coverage and not increasing our employees out of pocket expenses. This bill will take those options those CHOICES out of our hands; we will be forced to participate in the 'bureaucrat-approved' plan and we will have no say in what the government charges us for this plan.
Well I like my choices and I do not like HR 3962. I will continue to fight and oppose this bill.
Submitted by PDR