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Health Care & Entitlements Legislative Alerts
Last week our sister organization, Americans for Prosperity Foundation, released a new paper by Social Security reform expert Peter Ferrara. The paper explains the crisis facing Social Security and the advantages of one potent alternative for reform: personal savings accounts. Ferrara points out that our current system for Social Security is unsustainable and needs to be changed. As evidence: the program currently represents the largest expenditure in the federal budget, costing over $730 billion in 2011, and projections show this spending will only continue to skyrocket.
The main attraction in the upcoming Supreme Court case regarding President Obama’s health care law is the question of whether the mandate to purchase health insurance is a legitimate exercise of the federal government’s power to regulate interstate commerce. Indeed, from a broad constitutional perspective, the answer to that question will determine whether we have a federal government of limited, defined powers or a de facto plenary power limited only by specifically protected rights.
But another question of lesser constitutional significance could be even more important with respect to health care itself: the question of whether the individual mandate can be severed from the rest of the law, leaving everything else intact. If the Supreme Court decides to sever the mandate, the remaining regulations would, in short order, obliterate private health insurance in this country, perhaps paving the way for a completely government-controlled single-payer system.
Today, Americans for Prosperity Foundation, our sister organization, released a bold new plan to reform the nation’s troubled Social Security program. The plan would give workers the freedom to keep payroll tax contributions in a personal savings account that they own and control, earning dividends that far outpace returns promised by Social Security.
Social Security spending now consumes over 20 percent of the entire federal budget, and according to official actuaries, the so-called Trust Fund will be completely bankrupt by 2036. This is a looming problem few have had the will to take on, including President Obama, whose recent budget did not address one of the most critical and well-documented threats to the American economy and society at large.
Americans for Prosperity has been urging states not to implement health care exchanges. These “exchanges” are being sold to the public as simple, transparent and innovative ways for consumers to purchase health insurance starting in 2014. However, these exchanges as created by the HHS are not simple, transparent or innovative due to the hundreds of pages of rules, regulations and mandates placed on the exchanges.
Dear Representative Roe,
On behalf of 1.8 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I commend you for introducing H. Res. 475, a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable from the President’s health care law.