Friday, September 11, 2009

Alternative to Obamacare: HR 3400

You probably don't know this, but there actually is an alternative bill to the unpopular Health Care Reform bill Obama and the Democrats in congress and trying to push on the American people. Democrat leadership has stalled the bill in committee so they can keep falsely accusing Republicans of having "no better alternatives."

Empowering Patients First Act - HR 3400

Bill Status: Referred to House Committee (stuck in committee)

Bill Summary: Introduced in House 7/30/09
The Empowering Patients First Act (H.R. 3400) would allow:
  • Individuals to choose their health insurance (no mandates)
  • Deductibility of health insurance premiums regardless of who pays
  • Employers to provide flexible health insurance options to employees
  • Health insurance coverage for low-income families (300 percent of the federal poverty level)
  • Health insurance for high-risk individuals (pre-existing conditions)
  • Sale of health insurance across state lines
  • Expansion of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
  • Individual membership association health insurance plan
  • Association Health Insurance Plans
  • Medical liability limitations (Tort reform)

Bill Text:

Shhhh! There’s a Republican Alternative to Democrat-Care; Don’t Let Anyone Know!

August 31, 2009
By Herman Cain

The Republican alternative to Democrat-care, which liberals don’t want you to know about, has been hijacked. They don’t want people to know about it because the Astroturf, un-American crazies might like it.

The “Empowering Patients First Act” (H.R 3400) was introduced by Representative Tom Price (R-GA) and 27 co-sponsors on July 30, 2009 prior to the congressional recess. It was then referred to eight House committees.

The head hijacker is Speaker Nancy Pelosi. As Congressman Price pointed out during a radio interview with me last week, the rules in the House assert that bills will remain in committees “for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker.” Thank you Nancy!

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