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Calls for a national health care program will intensify.

• Calls for a national health care program will intensify as election day approaches. In a recent report, Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin and Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan cautioned that any such program could have a devastating effect upon American businesses and workers. Secretary Martin observed in the report: "Our research showed that the plan will cost employers an additional $30 billion annually and will also result in a large subsidy which will cost taxpayers $36 billion a year more than what the federal government now spends on health care …. [The concept] means higher taxes and fewer jobs for American workers. Hardest hit will be the small businesses, whose costs will rise by 71%." Secretary Sullivan added: "[Current proposals] would result in lost jobs, higher employer costs, higher taxes, and a huge new government-run health program …. ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • March 2, 1992

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