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Health, Marriage Penalties, and Emission Standards

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Health, Marriage Penalties, and Emission Standards

The House passes the Democrats’ health care bill.

The health care bill penalizes married couples.

A Harvard University study analyzes how the nation could meet Obama’s emission standards and the proposal for cap-and-trade of greenhouse gases.

1. HEALTH

The House passes the Democrats’ health care bill.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Senior Fellow Greg Conko on why the health care bill will decrease the quality of American health care.

“Most of the problems in America’s health care system—high and rising prices, lack of consistent and reliable access for millions, rampant cost shifting, and an inability to distinguish between effective and ineffective services or between high and low quality, to name just a few—stem not from some supposed market failure, but primarily from existing government interventions in the market for health care and health insurance.”

 

2. HEALTH

The health care bill penalizes married couples.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Senior Counsel Hans Bader on the absurdity of a marriage penalty.

“As the Washington Times earlier noted, Obamacare contains massive marriage penalties, since if you get married, your income will be hit by the increased tax rates a lot faster than if you live together without getting married, and you will give up your right to federal health care subsidies at a lower income level if you get married than if you remain single.  (While Obama won the 2008 election, he narrowly lost among married people). “

 

3. ENVIRONMENT

A Harvard University study analyzes how the nation could meet Obama’s emission standards and the proposal for cap-and-trade of greenhouse gases.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis on the results of the study.

“To reduce transportation GHG emissions 14% below 2005 levels by 2025 would require gasoline prices “in the range of $7-9/gal,” the researchers estimate. They acknowledge that such prices are ”considerably higher than the American public has been historically willing to tolerate.” Yep, $7-9 a gallon would set a new record for pain at the pump!”