On This Week, Rep. Blackburn Waged False, Misleading Attacks On Democratic Health Care Bill

November 23, 2009 10:35 am ET

During a November 22, 2009 appearance on ABC's This Week, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn spread falsehoods about Democratic plans for health care reform.  Despite the Congresswoman's misleading statements, Democratic proposals would lower health insurance costs and extend access to millions.

Rep. Blackburn's Deceptive Attacks On Health Care Reform

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn:

We had a Republican alternative that actually would have brought down the cost of health insurance.  CBO scored both plans, they said that our Republican alternative would have brought insurance costs per family $5,000 per year less, would have brought those costs down.  And that is $5,000 less than the least expensive Democrat [sic] proposal. [ABC, This Week, 11/22/09]

Rep. Blackburn Failed To Account For Subsidies In Democratic Plan

Rep. Blackburn Failed To Account For Subsidies Under The Democratic Plan. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the average premium of the three lowest-cost basic plans in 2016 for a family of four under the Democratic plan would be $15,000. However, this amount does not consider the subsidies provided in the Democratic bill. Only families earning more than $102,100 would pay the $15,000 premium. [CBO, 11/2/09; CBO analysis the Republican Alternative]

A Family Of Four Earning $78,000 Saves $1,320 In Premiums Under The Democratic Plan Compared To The GOP Plan. According to the Congressional Budget Office, a family of four earning $78,000 would pay $8,800 in premiums in 2016 under reform compared to $10,120 under the Republican plan, a savings of $1,320. [CBO, 11/2/09; New York Times, 11/3/09; CBO analysis the Republican Alternative]

A Family Of Four Earning $66,000 Saves $3,820 In Premiums Under The Democratic Plan Compared To The GOP Plan.  According to the Congressional Budget Office, a family of four earning $66,000 would pay $6,300 in premiums in 2016 under reform compared to $10,120 under the Republican plan, a savings of $3,820. [CBO, 11/2/09; New York Times, 11/3/09; CBO analysis the Republican Alternative]

A Family Of Four Earning $54,000 Saves $6,220 In Premiums Under The Democratic Plan Compared To The GOP Plan. According to the Congressional Budget Office, a family of four earning $54,000 would pay $3,900 in premiums in 2016 under reform compared to $10,120 under the Republican plan, a savings of $6,220. [CBO, 11/2/09; New York Times, 11/3/09; CBO analysis the Republican Alternative]

A Family Of Four Earning $42,000 Saves $8,220 In Premiums Under The Democratic Plan Compared To The GOP Plan. According to the Congressional Budget Office, a family of four earning $42,000 would pay $1,900 in premiums in 2016 under reform compared to $10,120 under the Republican plan, a savings of $8,220. [CBO, 11/2/09; New York Times, 11/3/09; CBO analysis the Republican Alternative]

A Family Of Four Earning $30,000 Saves $9,620 In Premiums Under The Democratic Plan Compared To The GOP Plan. According to the Congressional Budget Office, a family of four earning $30,000 would pay $500 in premiums in 2016 under reform compared to $10,120 under the Republican plan, a savings of $9,620. [CBO, 11/2/09; New York Times, 11/3/09; CBO analysis the Republican Alternative]

The Republican Plan Leaves Over 50 Million Uninsured, Doesn't Fix The Broken System

GOP Plan Costs $61 Billion And Leaves 52 Million Americans Uninsured.  The Los Angeles Times reported the CBO put the cost of the Republican bill at $61 billion over ten years, "[b]ut the CBO analysis also concluded that under the GOP plan, 52 million nonelderly Americans would have no insurance in 2019 -- even more than the 50 million in 2010." [Los Angeles Times, 11/5/09]

  • GOP Plan Only Offers Coverage To 3 Million More Americans Over Ten Years. According to the CBO: "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." [CBO.gov, 11/4/09]
  • GOP Plan Keeps Number Of Uninsured At Same Rate As Current System. The CBO also noted: "The share of nonelderly resident 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." [CBO.gov, 11/4/09]

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]

Print