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Senate PPACA Repeal Coalition Letter

Senate PPACA Repeal Coalition Letter

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Published by: Adam Berkland on Mar 26, 2012
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March 23, 2012Dear Senator,The undersigned 16 organizations representing grassroots, policy, taxpayer, senior and medicalprofessional groups urge Senate Republicans to aggressively seek opportunities to vote on full repealof the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). We also urge you introduce bills andpush for individual votes on the damaging provisions that continue to be revealed within the law.While a majority of voters still support repeal, there are deep rumblings of concern about what theyperceive to be inaction on the Hill, particularly from the Senate. We must affirm and solidify thesupport for repeal with affirmative steps and constant opportunities to remind people why thisonerous bill is bad for patients, for seniors, for taxpayers, for doctors - for this country.In a recent Quinnipiac University poll, 52% of registered voters nationwide said Congress shouldrepeal the law. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll of nationwide adults has only 42% with a generallyfavorable overall view of the law. In November, nearly 66% of Ohio voters rejected the individualmandate, adopting a constitutional amendment that "preserves the freedom of Ohioans to choosetheir health care and health care coverage."Doctors – the ones on the frontlines in medicine – also point the finger squarely at PPACA forproblems in medicine. A recent poll by the Doctor Patient Medical Association found that theybelieve that PPACA will reduce the quality of care for their patients (78.7%) and that it is the singlefactor that has made them more pessimistic about the future of medicine (74.8%)As the second anniversary of PPACA's signing draws near, more damaging research and informationcontinues to be revealed every month.
The CLASS Act has been shown as a “bait and switch” accounting trick designed to misleadthe public and Members of Congress as to the real costs of the PPACA in order to mask over$70 billion in PPACA's total cost over its first decade - fully half of the claimed deficitsavings by PPACA proponents.
IPAB's panel of 15 independent, unelected bureaucrats with unilateral authority and whosedecisions are freed from judicial and administrative review will most certainly cut paymentsto physicians under Medicare, will limit patient access to, and quality of, medical care.The CBO's recent estimates are staggering:
PPACA's cost could be as high as $2.134 trillion through 2022 alone.
As many as 20 million Americans could lose their employer-sponsored health benefits by2019.
As many as 49 million more Americans could become dependent on government-sponsoredhealth care by 2019.
Individual and employer mandate penalties may be as high as $221 billion through 2022alone.The House has show tremendous leadership with votes on full repeal, CLASS Act, IPAB and others,though defunding to slow implementation is still devoutly sought. As a critical election approachesin November, particularly now that we “know what’s in it”, the American people deserve to seewhere their elected Senators continue to stand on PPACA. Continued debate and votes on the Senatefloor will remind Americans which Senators are obstructionists to the effort for repeal. It will remind

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