Rep. Foxx Lies About Health Care Coverage In Both Dem & GOP Plans

November 05, 2009 11:23 am ET

On November 5, 2009, Rep. Virginia Foxx blatantly misrepresented both the Democratic and Republican health care bills. Contrary to her statements, the Democratic bill covers twelve times as many Americans as the GOP plan while decreasing the deficit by $104 billion.

Rep. Foxx Lies About Both Democratic & Republican Plans

Rep. Foxx claimed the Democratic plan "does not include coverage for 29 million of the 30 million people that Pelosi and President Obama say need health insurance." She added, "take up the Republican alternative, which covers everyone."

The Republicans Plan Has Almost No Effect On The Number Of Uninsured Americans

CBO: The Republican Bill Only Extends Health Coverage To 3 Million Americans, Leaving Percentage Of Uninsured The Same. According to the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the Republican health care plan:

By 2019, CBO and JCT estimate, the number of nonelderly people without health insurance would be reduced by about 3 million relative to current law, leaving about 52 million nonelderly residents uninsured. The share of legal nonelderly residents with insurance coverage in 2019 would be about 83 percent, roughly in line with the current share. CBO and JCT estimate that enacting the amendment's insurance coverage provisions would increase deficits by $8 billion over the 2010-2019 period. [Congressional Budget Office, 11/4/09]

The Democratic Plan Extends Coverage To 36 Million Americans

CBO: The Democratic Bill Extends Coverage To 36 Million Americans, Boosts Number Of Insured To 96%.  According to the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the Democratic health care plan:

By 2019, CBO and JCT estimate, the number of nonelderly people who are uninsured would be reduced by about 36 million, leaving about 18 million nonelderly residents uninsured (about one-third of whom would be unauthorized immigrants). Under H.R. 3962, the share of legal nonelderly residents with insurance coverage would rise from about 83 percent currently to about 96 percent. [Congressional Budget Office, 10/29/09]

Washington Post: The Democratic Bill "Covers 12 Times As Many People And Saves $36 Billion More Than The Republican Plan." The Washington Post's Ezra Klein wrote: "According to CBO, the GOP's alternative will shave $68 billion off the deficit in the next 10 years. The Democrats, CBO says, will slice $104 billion off the deficit. The Democratic bill, in other words, covers 12 times as many people and saves $36 billion more than the Republican plan." [Washington Post, 11/5/09; emphasis added]

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