“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!).
I’m starting to think my article I wrote about Obama’s winning the Presidency that was nothing but the F word a thousand times really was the most lucid description of what just happened. Maybe I should have added “Dear God what have we done!” to the end of it but otherwise I think it fits.
The thing is we already know Congress doesn’t read the bills the sign, nor do they read the Constitution they are supposed to uphold, maybe it all really is just one really bad Monty Python sketch and as soon as we all come down with Stockholm Syndrome we will finally get the joke and start laughing too.
Seriously though, the VA is government run health insurance, and it’s quite often terrible, long waits, most private doctors won’t take VA patients or even active duty military because the government won’t even give them enough money to cover the cost of the treatment so every time a doctor takes one they lose money since they can’t even break even. Most doctors that will take the VA insurance or Tricare (the active duty insurance), only do it because they want to help veterans or active duty members because they either have a family member who was in the military, they used to be, or they feel it is their patriotic duty. Sometime a patient can even get the treatment anywhere near them because their isn’t a military base close enough that has the facilities and there are no private doctors or hospitals that will take them (unless it’s an emergency). Now take this and expand it to the whole country, and that’s your “Free Health Care”, if the government can’t or won’t take care of veterans what are they going to do to you? Most veterans only use the VA if they have too, such as if they cannot afford private insurance or for service related disabilities or conditions that a private insurance company will not cover.
I’m not saying the VA itself doesn’t care many of the people there really do, but they are not given the resources to function and they are hampered by a giant bureaucracy run by incompetent government employees and incompetent politicians.
Indeed I am beginning to wonder what the hell kind of delusion settled over the population and when will people wake from it, but then I consider the condition of our education system and what passes for entertainment and everything suddenly makes sense.
Oh that this nightmare will soon end!
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