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WtH Talking Points — Health Care Reform

November 11, 2009

Illinois Farm Bureau President Philip Nelson urged the Illinois delegation last week to oppose H.R. 3962.

Except in rare instances of dissent, Illinois Farm Bureau follows the policy of the American Farm Bureau Federation.  AFBF’s health policy is also quite prescriptive and very specific on one of the most significant elements of the House bill. 

We oppose compulsory national health insurance and a national health plan in any form.

In our review of the bill, we support provisions for exchanges and coops, tax credits for individuals and businesses, and incentives to improve services in medically underserved communities.  We are concerned about the overall cost of the bill, the magnitude of the payroll tax, and the absence of language exempting employers with temporary or seasonal employees from its mandates. 

The bottom line is that we oppose H.R. 3962, the Affordable Healthcare for America Act and ask you to oppose it.

The passed the House late Saturday night on a 220-215 rollcall.  

In a nutshell:

  • Farm Bureau policy opposes compulsory national health insurance and a national health plan in any form;
  • At $894 billion over 10 years, the House bill is far too costly;
  • We are concerned about the eight-percent excise tax on the payrolls of businesses that do not offer health insurance to their employees.
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