Sam Graves' not-so-surprising talking points leaked to press
The Kansas City Star
If you call the office of U.S. Congressman Sam Graves about the health care ruling, you are likely to hear that:
—The mandate is considered a tax and Republicans will work to repeal this egregious tax along with the entire law.
—Republicans have already voted 29 times to repeal all or part of Obamacare since 2010.
— The law’s price tag has doubled since enactment (well over $1 Trillion), only further adding to our long term debt problems.
— This law robbed Medicare to help pay for other parts of the law at the expense of our seniors, bringing the program closer to insolvency.
—Sam Graves will not stand for this huge expansion of government power over an individual’s health care decisions regardless of its constitutionality.
Melissa Roe, chief of staff for the Missouri Republican, sent these talking points out to staffers who will be answering the phones. She also included a Kansas City Star reporter on the e-mail list.
The e-mail is pretty much boilerplate Republican thoughts about the health care reform law. It notes, for instance, that “Once ObamaCare is fully repealed, we will not rush into the same mistakes made by the Democrats. It would be an opportunity to get health care reform right, and we should take the time to do so.” (Which probably means forever.)
What’s interesting about the memo is its implicit acknowledgement that some of the reforms in the Affordable Care Act are popular and even working.
Staffers are to inform people that “the so-called ‘adult children’ mandate will increase costs for the average family by $151-$452 per year. However, many insurers will voluntarily offer coverage to people up to age 26 on their parents’ plan even if this provision is repealed.”
Should anyone inquire about accountable care organizations — essentially groups of health providers that get paid to make people healthy instead of for ordering procedures — staffers are to note that Congressman Graves likes these in theory, just not the way they are set forth in the Affordable Care Act.
The memo concludes: “The theme to all of this is we agree with reforms and some of the policies included in the bill but Democrats are committed to this ‘one size fits all’, (federal) government knows best mentality.”
Anything else you want to know, phone Congressman Graves.