KerreyCare: The Model For ObamaCare

July 2, 2012

Government-Run, Universal Single-Payer Plan

Banned The Sale Of Private Health Insurance, Unless It Covered Services Not In His Government Plan

Massive $235 Billion Tax Hike On All Americans

Covered Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

LINCOLN, Nebraska, July 2, 2012 - Last week, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerrey surprised many when he tried to strike an accommodating tone following the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of ObamaCare, a government program he opposes repealing.

Kerrey has been a long-time advocate of a single-payer system, the public option, and the elimination of private insurance companies.

In 1991, during the lead-up to his run for President, Kerrey proposed Health USA, or “KerreyCare,” a universal single-payer healthcare plan that would have raised taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars, placed significant restraints on the private sector, provided taxpayer funded abortions, and would have required doctors and hospitals to operate on fixed budgets.

“KerreyCare was a blueprint for single-payer healthcare. Bob Kerrey can continue to flip-flop and pretend to be a moderate on healthcare reform, but the evidence is overwhelming; he has always wanted a government-run healthcare system that would tax every Americans and ban private insurance companies,” said Fischer campaign spokesman Daniel Keylin. “The choice in this race couldn’t be clearer: Deb Fischer wants to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Bob Kerrey doesn’t think ObamaCare went far enough.”

KerreyCare Was a Universal, Single-Payer System
“Health USA calls for a single payer system of financing health services, which will drastically reduce soaring medical costs.” (Kerrey For President platform, “Bob Kerrey on Health Care.”)

KerreyCare Was a $235 Billion Tax Hike
KERREY: “Well, This Bill Has Me Replacing One Method Of Payment, Premiums, With $235 Billion Worth Of Taxes. … This Will Take A Great Deal Of Time, Particularly In Nebraska, To Argue The Details Of It.” (C-SPAN, 7/17/91)

KerreyCare Raised Taxes On American businesses and families
“It would tax employers at 4 percent, employees at 1 percent; raise the top rate for wealthy taxpayers to 35 percent; raise the cut-off ceiling for Social Security taxes; and use cigarette and alcohol tax revenues. It would cost $479 billion its first year…” (“Presidential Hopeful Calls For Universal Health Insurance,” Associated Press, 12/17/91)

KerreyCare Banned The Sale Of Private Health Insurance, Unless It Covered Services Not Covered Under His Government Plan.
“Private insurance for health care services may be sold in a State only for services not covered under the State program of such State.” (S.1446, Introduced 7/11/91)

KerreyCare Offered Taxpayer Funded Abortions
“As part of his health care plan, Health USA, Kerrey will support choice for all women of all income levels.” (Kerrey For President platform, “Choice”)

KerreyCare Created a National Health Care Commission of eight individuals appointed by the President and Surgeon General.
“There is hereby established within the Department of Health and Human Services a National Health Care Commission.” (S. 1446, Introduced 7/11/91)

KerreyCare Required Doctors And Hospitals To Operate Within A Fixed Budget
“To control costs, doctors’ fees would be set by the federal government. Hospital costs would be controlled by requiring them to operate within a fixed budget.” (Sabin Russell, “Kerrey Plan For Health, Savings,” The San Francisco Chronicle, 1/22/92)