The Washington Times - July 28, 2010, 01:30PM

 Original health care reform chart pre-bill passage


If you thought the original  (ABOVE) Democrat health plan chart Republicans used to criticize the health care reform bill during the debates this year resembled a dystopian bureaucratic mess, check out the new chart (BELOW) the Joint Economic Committee minority just released on Wednesday. According to the Committee’s website:

Developed by the Joint Economic Committee minority, led by U.S Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas and Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, the detailed organization chart displays a bewildering array of new government agencies, regulations and mandates.

“For Americans, as well as Congressional Democrats who didn’t bother to read the bill, this first look at the final health care law confirms what many fear, that reform morphed into a monstrosity of new bureaucracies, mandates, taxes and rationing that will drive up health care costs, hurt seniors and force our most intimate health care choices into the hands of Washington bureaucrats,” said Brady, the committee’s senior House Republican. “If this is what passes for health care reform in America, then God help us all.”

The chart also attaches numbers and statistics further illustrating the massive cost of the new health care regulations:

In addition to capturing the massive expansion of government and the overwhelming complexity of new regulations and taxes, the chart portrays:

  • $569 billion in higher taxes;
  • $529 billion in cuts to Medicare;
  • swelling of the ranks of Medicaid by 16 million;
  • 17 major insurance mandates; and
  • the creation of two new bureaucracies with powers to impose future rationing: the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the Independent Payments Advisory Board.

Latest health care reform chart post-bill passage