Congressman Paulsen Would Hike Health Costs

According to a new report, health care inflation is at its lowest point in 50 years, yet Congressman Erik Paulsen wants to end those savings for hardworking families, and instead go back to the days when insurance companies were padding their own profits at the expense of the middle class.

According to USA Today, the White House Council of Economic Advisers found that structural reforms in the Affordable Care Act are a driving force behind the savings, yet Congressman Paulsen and House Republicans have voted 46 times to repeal and sabotage the law – even shutting down the government over their demand to return to the dark days of the old health care system. House Republicans have refused to rule out another shutdown over defunding the Affordable Care Act.

“So many hardworking families are saving money on health care costs thanks to the Affordable Care Act, but Congressman Paulsen’s obsession with repealing the law would hike costs dramatically,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Paulsen would rather go back to the dark days of runaway health care inflation and free rein for insurance companies to jack up rates to pad their own profits – and is refusing to rule out another shutdown unless he gets his way.”

BACKGROUND:

Health Care Inflation is at Lowest Point in 45 Years. “The White House said spending on health care in the last three years has risen at the slowest pace on record, with implications for American pocketbooks, jobs, the federal budget and the economy. […] Health care expenditures account for 18 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. The report said spending will increase about 1.3 percent in the three years that end Dec. 31. That’s down from a 1.8 percent average increase in 2007-2010 during the recession, and less than a third of the 4.5 percent average increase in the last 45 years.” [Bloomberg, 11/20/13]

House Republicans Passed a Continuing Resolution that would “Likely Result” In a Government Shutdown. In 2013 House Republicans passed a Continuing Resolution that the Associated Press reported would “likely result” in the shutdown of the federal government. According to the New York Times: “After three years of cajoling, finessing and occasionally strong-arming his fitful conservative majority, Speaker John A. Boehner waved the white flag on Wednesday, surrendering to demands from his right flank that he tie money to keep the government open after Sept. 30 to stripping President Obama’s health care law of any financing. […] The House’s stopgap spending measure would finance the government through Dec. 15 at the current spending levels, which reflect the automatic spending cuts that took effect in March, known as sequestration, while blocking the health care law, under which the uninsured will be enrolled beginning on Oct. 1.” [HJ Res 59, Vote #478, 9/20/13; Associated Press, 8/23/13; New York Times, 9/18/13]