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Full Text of SR0051  97th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The United States Congress passed and the
3President signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable
4Care Act on March 23, 2010; and
5    WHEREAS, This Act, as amended by the Health Care and
6Education Reconciliation Act, comprises America's
7comprehensive federal health care reform, which is commonly
8referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA); and
9    WHEREAS, The result of this law will be to create a
10government takeover of the health care industry that will
11increase health care costs, raise taxes, hurt senior citizens,
12destroy jobs, reduce the quality of care that Americans will
13receive, restrict consumer choice, limit individuals' access
14to private health insurance, and reduce the ability of American
15companies to compete; and
16    WHEREAS, The ACA will constrain the freedom of individuals
17to choose their own doctor and will interfere with individuals'
18ability to make personal health care decisions; and
19    WHEREAS, A single-payer health care system, which forces
20patients to enroll in a one-size-fits-all plan with rich
21benefits and weak cost sharing, will cause spending for health



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1care to escalate and policymakers to ration care as a
2cost-containment measure; and
3    WHEREAS, According to the Congressional Budget Office, the
4ACA could cause millions of Americans who receive health
5insurance through their employer to lose their health insurance
6coverage; in addition, the Congressional Budget Office reports
7that premiums in the individual and small group markets may
8substantially increase; and
9    WHEREAS, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
10will dictate what benefits insurers must offer and how much
11they may charge; and
12    WHEREAS, In view of the fact that physicians lose money
13servicing government patients on Medicare and Medicaid, the ACA
14will further increase this problem by further reducing Medicare
15and Medicaid fees to doctors and hospitals, and will discourage
16persons from entering the health care field; and
17    WHEREAS, The ACA will increase taxes on employers who do
18not offer adequate insurance and will increase taxes on
19investment income, which in turn will reduce capital available
20for job expansion, reduce economic growth, and result in fewer
21jobs for Americans; and



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1    WHEREAS, The ACA will harm seniors by making cuts from the
2Medicare budget and causing seniors to lose the health
3insurance coverage they currently possess; and
4    WHEREAS, The provisions of the ACA will add to the national
5debt; and
6    WHEREAS, The provisions of the ACA aimed at reducing health
7care spending address the symptoms of the cost of health care
8rather than the root causes of growth in health care spending;
9therefore, be it
11ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we exposit the
13        (1) the General Assembly rejects the Affordable Care
14    Act and calls for the repeal of the Act by the Congress of
15    the United States;
16        (2) it is the opinion of the General Assembly that all
17    individuals should have the right to make decisions about
18    their health care, and no law should be in effect that
19    restricts a person's freedom of choice of private health
20    care systems or private plans of any type;
21        (3) it is the opinion of the General Assembly that no
22    law should interfere with a person's or entity's right to
23    pay directly for lawful medical services, nor should any



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1    law impose a penalty or fine, of any type, for choosing to
2    obtain or decline health care coverage or for participation
3    in any particular health care system or plan; and
4        (4) it is the opinion of the General Assembly that in
5    order to avoid federal government mandates, states should
6    take measured steps to reform our nation's health care
7    system that will allow for frequent midcourse corrections
8    through the passage of smaller bills to replace the
9    Affordable Care Act with sustainable, free market
10    solutions such as tort reform and allowing individuals to
11    buy health insurance across state lines; and be it further
12    RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
13delivered to each member of the Illinois congressional