“Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day”
So reads a section of the so-called health care regulation Obama and the Democrats are determined to shove down the unwilling throats of the overstuffed and underinformed American people. Investor’s Business Daily is running a series on the not-at-all-in-doubt-but-inevitable-failure of government run health care. In the course of their research, they discovered the little gem cited above. In plain language, the bill outlaws private health insurance coverage !
The editorial explains:
When we first saw the paragraph Tuesday, just after the 1,018-page document was released, we thought we surely must be misreading it. So we sought help from the House Ways and Means Committee.
It turns out we were right: The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of “Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage,” the “Limitation On New Enrollment” section of the bill clearly states: “Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day” of the year the legislation becomes law.
And so Obama lies again, but is is unlikely that media will highlight this as they are too busy following the circus that is the Sotomayor confirmation hearings which we all know will end in her advancement to the Supreme Court with more than a little Republican support.
How is that our government deems it a public good, or remotely even constitutional, to effectively kill the market for private insurance? According to IBD:
Those who currently have private individual coverage won’t be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.
And so the so-called “public option” soon becomes the only option as private carriers hemorrage customers to the taxpayer subsidized government plan. The costs will skyrocket, rationing of care will ensue, and you can rest assured that the wealthiest (and most powerful) among us will still get boutique care, just as they always have. And the government will plant her heavy boot further into the lives of a heretofore free citizenry.
What will stop a government intent of controlling costs and encouraging “healthy” living from mandating exercise, forcing sterilizations, radically restricting dietary options, and coercing the elderly into “not be a burden on society?” This type of health care system is a page right out of Hitler’s playbook. IBD concludes:
It took just 16 pages of reading to find this naked attempt by the political powers to increase their reach. It’s scary to think how many more breaches of liberty we’ll come across in the final 1,002.
Let’s hope for an outbreak of common sense and backbone to kill this thing before it kills us (literally!).