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June 28th, 2012
05:42 PM ET

Rep. Hoyer: 'Republicans grasping at straws'

In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's 'Affordable Health Care Act', Republicans are accusing President Obama of breaking his 2009 promise not to impose new taxes on the middle class. Brooke speaks with Rep. Stenny Hoyer who defends the bill and says that it's time for people to take responsibility for their own health care costs.

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  1. Don Stopfel

    $PROBLEM$ re:HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE$ – The Texas run health insurance exchange that is available for those individuals with prior conditions and without employer-based insurance is named the "High Risk Pool". By state law the insurer is permitted to charge DOUBLE the MAXIMUM RATE of health insurers in the state. In my case, self-employed and diagnosed with a heart murmur, I was charged $1100/month even with a $2500 deductible. ISSUE: THE MEDIA NEEDS TO LOOK DEEPER INTO THE PHRASE "AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE via EXCHANGES" b/c in Texas, (in my fairly normal case), every year I paid out $15,700 BEFORE INSURANCE PAID 1 CENT. Hardly affordable for 97% of the population

    June 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  2. Pete, NJ

    Even as a tax, it only lands on those who are now getting something for free at the expense of the rest of us. It stops redistribution of wealth, which i thought was a GOP plank. Hospitals are required to treat the poor, and they then charge the rest of us. Unless you can waive your right to medical care, I would rather the user pays than I pay for them.

    July 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm |

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