The Congressional Budget Office says that the health care reform legislation currently being discussed will knock 23 million people out of their present insurance plans.

…The CBO also said that, if enacted, the bill would break a key promise made by Obama: that those with private health insurance would not be harmed.

“[T]he number of people who had coverage through an employer would decline by about 15 million (or roughly 10 percent), and coverage from other sources would fall by about 8 million,” the report says…

It’s going to cost a bundle, too:

Enacting the Kennedy plan, nonetheless,  “would result in a net increase in the federal budget deficits of about $1 trillion,” says the CBO. “That estimate primarily reflects the subsidies that would be provided to purchase coverage through the new insurance exchanges, which would amount to nearly $1.3 trillion in that period.”

And that figure doesn’t include a public plan or expanding Medicaid coverage to everyone earning less than 150 percent of the federal poverty level, both of which are on the Democrat wishlist.

Congress is moving fast to get it passed:

…Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said the committee would move forward anyway with a session to finalize and vote on a bill he said would provide “successful, affordable, quality health care.”

The committee was scheduled to meet daily through next week.

Disagreements over costs and other issues hung up another key committee, the Senate Finance Committee, which has a more moderate makeup than Kennedy’s panel and is considered Congress’ best hope for producing a bipartisan bill.

The Finance Committee was supposed to produce a draft bill Wednesday. But Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said that wouldn’t happen and the bill would come out “when it’s ready” — later this week or next. The Finance Committee was supposed to start voting next week.

Majority Democrats in the House could unveil their bill later this week, with committee votes after Congress returns from its July 4 recess…

The President of the Heritage Foundation, Ed Feulner, has written an open letter to President Obama on healthcare reform.  After refuting the benefits to Americans the President claims his plan will deliver, he goes on to describe what reform ought to look like:

Give families control of their health care: We need to let families—not the government—control decisions so they can choose the coverage they want. For this to happen private health insurance needs to be portable—that is, owned by Americans so they can take their package from job to job. The health care system we have today was conceived in the era of World War II, when many Americans worked for the same company all their lives. As we know, that is not the case today. The President has acknowledged this. But we do not need a public plan, or mandates on businesses, to have portability. We need changes in rules and the removal of tax penalties to allow families real choice and ownership.

Reform the tax system: For portability to become reality, we need to reform the tax system. Right now, families can get a tax break for their insurance only if they hand over control of their insurance to their boss, and leave their plan behind if they change jobs. That needs to change. We need to provide the same tax relief to families wherever they choose to get their plan. In that world of empowered families, plans would have to compete to satisfy them, not compete to cut costs for employers.

Bring on competition: Americans will get quality health care only with the mechanism that has given us quality in all other aspects of life: competition. The way to get quality care in America is to have insurers compete to satisfy families in an insurance market, one that provides transparent information, ease of delivery and quick results, and which is fair to families and their doctors. Members of Congress pick and choose plans in such a market. The rest of America should also have that right.

How likely is it that these good ideas will be heard by citizens?  Not very, what with ABC News abrogating its role as government watchdog and making sure the audience forms the proper opinion on the subject.

Print media is also pitching in to keep the focus on the White House view:

President Barack Obama told the American Medical Association yesterday that he believes single-payer health care systems have worked “pretty well” in some countries, but no major U.S. newspaper available in the Nexis database reported the president’s comment in their news stories about the speech.

However, three of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers—the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times—did publish quotes from the president’s speech that artfully took language from both immediately before and after the president’s statement that single-payer systems work.

You mean like this,  Mr. President?

The state-controlled media is not going to spread the word, so we have to.

H/T  The Foundry