Congressman Wilson on Healthcare Reform

Seems to be moving towards supporting Obamacare:

Dear Friends,

After decades of political wrangling, we now have an opportunity to implement a uniquely American health care solution. This year alone, the Congress has held 79 hearings in Washington and hundreds of town hall meetings across the country. I have talked to many of you around the district and on my recent telephone town hall. While we are still waiting to see the final details of the bill, I already know of significant benefits for the people of Ohio’s Sixth District and I would like share them with you.

81,000 people who currently do not have health insurance in our district will receive coverage. Many ask why we can not cover everyone and the answer is that some of those not covered are not legal citizens and illegal immigrants will not be covered by this reform program.

Contrary to the belief that health care reform will hurt small businesses, I believe this bill will help small businesses. Under the legislation, small businesses with 25 employees or less and average wages of less than $40,000 qualify for tax credits of up to 50% of the costs of providing health insurance. There are up to 11,300 small businesses in the district that would qualify for these credits.

For our seniors on Medicare, there will be big improvements as well. Each year, 9,200 seniors in the district get caught by the Part D donut hole and are forced to pay their full drug costs, despite having Part D drug coverage. The health care reform legislation would provide them with immediate relief, cutting brand name drug costs in the donut hole by 50%, and ultimately eliminating the donut hole.

Health care reform will also mean financial security for families hit by illness. In 2008 1,270 families in our district had to declare health care-related bankruptcy, primarily due to health care costs not covered by insurance. The bill provides health insurance for almost every American and caps annual out-of-pocket costs at $10,000 per year, ensuring that no citizen will have to face financial ruin because of high health care costs.

In 2008, health care providers in the district provided $89 million worth of uncompensated care, care that was provided to individuals who lacked insurance coverage and were unable to pay their bills. In the end, much of that uncompensated care gets passed to those who have insurance and we all watch our rates continue to go up and up. Under the legislation, these costs of uncompensated care would be virtually eliminated, which will help stabilize all of our costs.

I will make every effort to ensure that this legislation is deficit neutral. The cost of health care reform under the legislation is fully paid for: half through making the Medicare and Medicaid program more efficient and half through a surcharge on the income of the wealthiest, those with annual family incomes above $350,000. This surcharge would affect only 1,100 households in the entire 6th district – that means 99.6% of taxpayers in the district would not see their tax rate change.

The bill is currently being revised. While I am eager to see the final version of the bill before committing to a final vote, I’m excited by what I’ve seen so far. This legislation could do a lot of good for the people of Ohio’s Sixth District.

Sincerely,


Charlie Wilson
Member of Congress
Ohio’s Sixth District

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