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Smith Speaks Out Against Government Takeover of Healthcare

June 12, 2019
Press Release


Washington, D.C. – In today’s Ways and Means Committee hearing on “Medicare for All” Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) spoke out against the proposal, highlighting the massive tax increase it would put on middle class Americans, and the trend of tax-raising proposals recently put forth by House Democrats.

“As ranking member of the tax subcommittee here on Ways and Means, I want to take a moment to put the cost of Medicare for All in a more appropriate context: the majority’s across-the-board efforts to raise taxes on middle class Americans to pay for new one-size-fits-all federal benefits.

“Proposals have been put forth demanding raising taxes on Social Security, gasoline, firearms, carbon emissions, and today with health care. Not only does Medicare for All blow a $32 trillion hole in the federal budget, it also represents a dire risk for rural providers. This proposal would exacerbate the current health care provider shortage we see in rural communities. Rural America deserves better.”

The Medicare for All proposal would move the United States to a one-size-fits-all government-run health care system. The estimated cost for Medicare for All is $32 trillion, on top of current government health care spending.

You can watch his full remarks here.