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Dear Editor,

Are you ready for 111 new government healthcare bureaucracies? How about the newly revealed and frightening cost of government healthcare? Reform is needed, but certainly not a government takeover.

Call Senators Feingold (202-224-5323) and Kohl (202 224-5653) today and tell them to start over. Tell them the currently proposed healthcare plan is bad for us back here in Wisconsin. Small business owners in Wisconsin, and the people who work for them, will be the big losers if this government takeover of one-sixth of our economy is permitted.

If you are not yet concerned about the consuming costs of the new government-controlled healthcare being forced upon us, you certainly should be. Consider how your quality of life will decline with less money and more government.

The Congressional Budget Office, a decidedly non-partisan group scored this monstrosity and determined a family of four will suffer considerably based on income. A family with combined annual income of $66,000 would pay premiums of $6,300 per year plus out of pocket cost sharing of $13,800 per year. That $13,800 is 18 percent of your annual income before you pay your federal, state, and local taxes and fees.

Now consider a small business owner who makes about $102,100 per year after business expenses are accounted for. For this family of four, annual premiums would be $15,000 and the annual average cost sharing would be $20,500, or 20 percent of annual income. Again, this is before one pays any federal, state, and local taxes and fees.

There is a need to create over 100 new boards, bureaucracies, commissions, and programs created in H.R. 3962, Speaker Pelosi's legislation for a government takeover of health care. Funding for all this new bureaucracy is not included in the $1 trillion cost of the House Democrats latest version of Obamacare.

This is an intolerable new tax on our meager incomes. Churchill once said that for a government "To try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket trying to lift himself up by the handle."

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