Crapo: Health care law 'is not what President Obama promised'

In the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the health care law, Congress must work simultaneously to resolve the nation's health care problems and simplify the tax codes, says Sen. Mike Crapo.

In a guest opinion issued today, Crapo again criticized the Obama health care law — and the tax increases Crapo says will come with it.

"This law is bad for the American people. This law did not fix the rising cost of health care. It fails on promises to lower health costs and premiums for working families. It fails on promises for American people to keep their health care plan if they liked it, and millions of people have learned they cannot. It increases the burden for small businesses to hire workers. This law threatens our country’s financial strength and the American way of life."

Here is the Crapo guest opinion:

By its nature, the U.S. Supreme Court considers cases with far-reaching implications. The 2011-2012 term has been no different. In one of its most highly anticipated decisions, the court ruled that the individual mandate provision in President Obama’s Health Care Law would be unconstitutional, unless it is considered to be a tax on the American people. The ruling confirms that this law is a huge and unnecessary tax increase on all Americans. That is not what President Obama promised. We should now work together to repeal this law and enact true solutions that Americans overwhelmingly want—improved access to high-quality, affordable health care of their choosing.

When the bill was being forced through Congress, President Obama said “I can make a firm pledge: no family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase — not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.” In response, I offered an amendment to strip the bill of any provision that would violate that pledge. Despite receiving bipartisan support, my amendment was voted down, and the Court’s ruling further confirms that this bill violated the President’s pledge. The Congressional Budget Office has stated that more than 75 percent of the individual mandate — a tax —will be paid by those middle-income families the President pledged to protect from any tax increase.

This law is bad for the American people. This law did not fix the rising cost of health care. It fails on promises to lower health costs and premiums for working families. It fails on promises for American people to keep their health care plan if they liked it, and millions of people have learned they cannot. It increases the burden for small businesses to hire workers. This law threatens our country’s financial strength and the American way of life.

The health care law has led to higher premiums, drops in coverage and skyrocketing health care costs. The CBO projected that private health insurance premiums per enrollee will increase an average of 5.7 percent per year between 2012 and 2022. The CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation also continue to expect that the Health Care Law will lead to a reduction in employment-based health insurance, and the insurance coverage provisions of the law will have a net cost of nearly $1.1 trillion over ten years. As representatives of the National Federation of Independent Business, which represents 350,000 small business owners, put it, “Over the last two years, we have seen what does not work in health-care reform, and by turning a blind eye to lowering costs, health-care costs are forecasted to continue to rise, especially for small-business owners. There are solutions to address the high cost of health care, but Congress needs to act and act now.”

I agree. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Gang of 6, I will continue to work to address our nation’s health care problems and to reform our tax code to make it simpler, not more complex and burdensome, for the American people.

The Supreme Court majority’s opinion states, “We do not consider whether the Act embodies sound policies. That judgment is entrusted to the Nation’s elected leaders. We ask only whether Congress has the power under the Constitution to enact the challenged provisions.” This ruling has put these issues squarely in front of Congress and the American people. With increased public awareness and clarity, we can improve our health care system and reform our tax code accordingly. This ruling makes it even more important to do so.

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So Mike, what SPECIFIC things will you be working on to lower costs and increase access to healthcare? All we hear from you is wah, wah, wah, sniff, sniff. Man up and DO something. Let's hear YOUR ideas. It's been a problem for decades. You were part of the majority during the early Bush years. You had your chance to do things and did...NOTHING. If there are things about the Affordable Care Act that need fixing, then get on it. No excuses. Don't tell me that Harry Reid is too this or that and won't let you do anything. Take him to lunch and work on a deal.

You can't have it both ways

A national medical system would be simple, but you didn't want it. You wanted the flexibility to not be insured, but the insurance companies could not cover the sick if the well were not included. You did not want to saddle small business with having to provide for their employees. What percentage of those companies cover their employees.

I have yet to see a proposal that will work come from Senator Crap.o

Dear Senator Crapo

How long have you been in in Congress? Since 1993. What have you done in that time to lower cost. A rate of 5.7 percent increase per year is lower than the rate before the act went into effect.

You have done nothing. This has been a problem for this country for decades. Our standard of care is below average in this country compared to most of the industrialized world. Other than stonewalling, what have you actually done to improve the care of the citizens of the United States or to make it cheaper? What have you done to fix programs such as medicare, social security, etc. which have been ticking time bombs since we knew about the boomer population and it's devastating affect on government programs? Nothing. All you have done is ask for repeal or cuts in benefits. you have done nothing to fix the problems associated with these programs. You have been ineffective in advancing legislation and your gang of six failed miserably to actually achieve results. You are nothing more than an errand boy for the GOP. When you actually achieve something of substance let me know.

I don't know what happened to you after you got to Washington, but you are not the same person I knew when you were pro-temp in the Idaho Senate. It has been sad to see your decline to being what you used to be against.

Dante's Inferno

Or, wingnuts crying and sobbing on each other's shoulders because they LOST to the BLACK PRESIDENT.


Congress and President mandate your next car must be a Chevy Volt (or be taxed).
Also mandated by law:
Your thermostat can be set no lower than 80 this summer (or be taxed).
All families must purchase one handgun (or be taxed).
All businesses must employ at least one illegal alien (or be taxed).
Families can have no more than 1 car (or be taxed).
Every citizen must buy broccoli (or be taxed).

16,000 newly hired IRS agents reduce unemployment rate to 7.9%

Summer of Recovery.

More to follow.

How an idea becomes a law

Sen. Crapo knows how ideas become law. You start out with ideas or concepts that then are modified by reality or the need to compromise to get passage. It seem a bit disingenuous for the Senator to say that because it doesn't match what the President initially wanted that it is necessarily a bad law.

I truly appreciate the Senator's work on deficit reduction. But without significant changes in how healthcare is delivered and financed, it won't happen. The ACA is one tool to make progress, and it happens to be the one that could pass Congress, get signed by the President and pass Constitutional muster in the Court.

The problem of American health care is so big, it really doesn't do us much good to talk and do nothing. Remember that healthcare is 18% of our GDP, almost 75% higher than ANY other country. It was about 13% in 1994, the last time we made a run at reform. I do not think we can afford to do nothing any more.

Looks like the local SEIU members and supporters

want to nationalize the health care system. For a start.

Crapo you pack your bags too

The Idaho people get it. We DO NOT want criticism we demand action, this isn't a new problem. Idaho workers see the costs rising in their paychecks and at family medical visits and the costs beared for the unemployed or disabled. WE SEE IT LOUD AND CLEAR.
Do not come in here again with a guest criticism. You come with plans, ideas and comprimises that we as Idahoans can discuss and live with; otherwise, you resign effective immediately, because you just told us her today you are nothing but a party cow and drag on the working class.