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The Monstrous Mess of ObamaCare. by The Elephant's Child
December 14, 2009, 2:27 am
Filed under: Economy, Freedom, Health Care, Politics | Tags: , , ,

Health-care reform.  Someone on the left actually said that Democrats have to pass something so that Obama has an accomplishment for the State of the Union speech. Is that really what  this is all about?

Voters oppose the bill by 52% to 38%, and President Obama’s handling gets even more of a thumbs down, with 56% disapproving.  By 71% to 21%, voters don’t think universal coverage is worth lower quality of care. 66% believe that free market competition would do a better job of reducing costs.

The bill being debated by the Senate is a monstrous mess. It will raise the cost of medical care for everyone. It will reduce the quality of care. You will lose your private health care coverage.  And it will leave 24 million people still uninsured.

A family earning $54,000 a year, buying a nationwide Blue Cross/ Blue Shield policy through FEHBP (Federal Employees Health Benefit Program) would pay monthly premiums over $825 after a $10,100 government subsidy.

Everything promised:  insure the uninsured, reduce the deficit, improve the quality of care, ” if you like your plan you can keep it”, reduce the amount you pay for your health care, reduce the rapid increase in costs and “you can keep the coverage from your employer”.  All a lie.

They will eliminate the government option, and allow people to “buy into”Medicare early at 55 or 60. [Another way to get you under government control]  An individual, age 55 could buy into Medicare for only $7,600 or $15,200 for a couple.

Robert Tracinski describes the three disastrous provisions in the Reid/Baucus/Obama health-care bill:

Guaranteed Issue — requires insurance companies to offer coverage to people who are already sick, and limits companies’ ability to charge higher rates for customers who pose a higher risk.  This means that everyone’s premiums will rise sharply.   Young healthy people would quickly realize that there was no point in buying insurance and paying high premiums until they got sick.

Individual Mandate — The fix for guaranteed issue is to require everyone to buy insurance or pay a tax set at $750.  This is a tax for existing.  Cheaper to pay the tax, and continue to refuse to buy insurance than to buy it.  So prison is an option.

All New Policies Are Part of a Government Controlled “Exchange” — This is designed to eliminate low-cost plans like owning a catastrophic care policy along with a Health Savings Account.  Under the guise of making insurance more affordable, insurance will be restricted to the most expensive options.

As Tracinski says:

That is the final and perhaps most compelling reason to kill this bill: the sheer arrogance of the whole enterprise. It is the arrogance of stampeding an unwilling public toward a monstrous 2,000-page piece of legislation while admitting that it still has huge problems, but promising that it will all somehow be fixed later on. It’s the arrogance of selling us a bill that expands government spending by hundreds of billions of dollars while telling us that it will reduce the deficit. It is the sheer unmitigated gall of appointing a bureaucrat to run a government-controlled insurance market that takes away all of our health choices-and then calling this bureaucrat the Health Choices Commissioner.

The Democrat leadership is determined to pass something, which they will “fix” later.  They will use every trick in the book to make it happen.

You need to let them hear from you.  The National Center for Policy Analysis and the Salem Radio Network have made an opportunity for you to call your senators and representatives toll-free.

www.actionarmy.org

Please take advantage of it!

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