John Shadegg

So Nancy Pelosi and President Obama are adamant that Congress pass their health care bill. They’ve dismissed the August protesters and are pushing for passage as soon as possible. But, what does this mean for the average American (we’ll call her Mary Smith), a single mother of two struggling to get by in a down economy. She hears terms like “individual mandate,” “employer mandate,” and “CBO score.” But none of this helps her understand what health care reform means for her.

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Mary wants to help the uninsured, but why is Congress talking about changing her plan? And why does every report now indicate her premiums and her taxes will go up--and her employer could be fined or forced out of business? President Obama said his plan would control cost. She worries about losing the health plan she has and the doctors her children know. What about her job? What if her employer can’t continue to afford coverage? Will decisions about her family’s coverage and medical care be made by her or someone in Washington? Will it be a radical change that rations care?

Unfortunately, Washington politicians are ignoring the concerns of average Americans. Mary Smith’s family’s health care is about to change dramatically.

Mary gets her insurance through her employer. She has a plan that suits her needs, and has a great relationship with her doctors. She’d like more personal say in her plan, but like 83% of Americans, she’s basically happy with her care. Why don’t the politicians just fix what’s broken—cover those without care and people with pre-existing conditions? Instead, they are forcing her to change her plan. H.R. 3200, the House bill, changes every plan in America. Some are outlawed sooner, but virtually all are disqualified in five years.

Mary’s parents also lose the coverage they know, understand, and like. They have Medicare Advantage, which provides benefits they like over and above regular Medicare. Under Nancy Pelosi’s proposal and the Senate bill, that program will disappear.

John Shadegg

John Shadegg has represented Arizona's Third Congressional District since 1994. He has established a reputation in Congress as a leading advocate for reduced government spending, federal tax relief, and the re-establishment of state and individual rights.

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