(Mr. PUTNAM asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. PUTNAM. Well, the verdict is in. The Speaker's health care bill accounts for nearly 2,000 pages and $1.055 trillion. It raises $730 billion in new taxes. Businesses who cannot afford to cover their employees and individuals who cannot afford insurance would face $167 billion in new taxes, and $500 billion in new taxes would be on the backs of mostly small businesses. The bill would slash Medicare and Medicaid services to home health care providers, to nursing homes, to hospitals, to doctors, and it would impose a $5 billion unfunded mandate on our States in the form of a new Medicaid burden at a time when our States can ill-afford it. The State of Florida alone would have a price tag of $5 billion.
This bill is bad for the consumer. It's bad for patients. It's bad for our health care professionals. It is an expensive, unfunded burden on our States, and it is a stripping of freedom that is uncalled for in this era.