The Government Health Care Scam Options?

President Obama keeps saying over and over and over…those who currently have private insurance plans will get to keep them.  Well, he’s right, in a sense….

I am totally reprinting this post from Investor’s Business Daily because thinking Americans NEED this information.  Enjoy.

It’s Not An Option

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 4:20 PM PT

Congress: It didn’t take long to run into an “uh-oh” moment when reading the House’s “health care for all Americans” bill. Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal.

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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.

So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised — with, of course, exceptions: 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.

From the beginning, opponents of the public option plan have warned that if the government gets into the business of offering subsidized health insurance coverage, the private insurance market will wither. Drawn by a public option that will be 30% to 40% cheaper than their current premiums because taxpayers will be funding it, employers will gladly scrap their private plans and go with Washington’s coverage.

The nonpartisan Lewin Group estimated in April that 120 million or more Americans could lose their group coverage at work and end up in such a program. That would leave private carriers with 50 million or fewer customers. This could cause the market to, as Lewin Vice President John Sheils put it, “fizzle out altogether.”

What wasn’t known until now is that the bill itself will kill the market for private individual coverage by not letting any new policies be written after the public option becomes law.

The legislation is also likely to finish off health savings accounts, a goal that Democrats have had for years. They want to crush that alternative because nothing gives individuals more control over their medical care, and the government less, than HSAs.

With HSAs out of the way, a key obstacle to the left’s expansion of the welfare state will be removed.

The public option won’t be an option for many, but rather a mandate for buying government care. A free people should be outraged at this advance of soft tyranny.

Washington does not have the constitutional or moral authority to outlaw private markets in which parties voluntarily participate. It shouldn’t be killing business opportunities, or limiting choices, or legislating major changes in Americans’ lives.

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.

So what do you’all think about that? You won’t get to “shop around” when rates with your current provider go up too much, like my family does That’s because with a choice of companies competing for business, the free market works to keep prices down.  But this bill will put the brakes on competing insurers and drive them out of business.  For example, my husband and I are currently “shopping” because of a big price increase in premiums with our current provider.  If this bill was currently in effect, we would not be allowed to shop around, but would, in fact, be forced into the public option, and some other private insurer would not get our business. We’ll all be forced eventually into the public option at this rate, simply because you cannot shop around for coverage.  What a scam.  What a police state. This is a takeover of private industry. We’re all Komrades now.


3 thoughts on “The Government Health Care Scam Options?

  1. I heard this on the radio today. I thought to myself that I must have heard it wrong. I cannot believe what is happening in this country. I am not sure that we can wait until 2010. I think we are stuck with a whole new country and we will not be able to do anything about it. We have to get out into the streets and yell as loudly as we can. I hope that people show up at the tea parties tomorrow. I am just appalled at what is happening.

  2. THIS IS IT!

    The healthcare reform bill released by the House Of Representatives is an excellent bill as I understand it. It’s a bill with a strong, robust, government-run public option, and an intelligent, reasonable initial funding plan to cover almost all of the American people. It is carefully written, and thoughtfully constructed, informed, prudent and wise. This bill will save trillions of dollars, and millions of your lives. It is also now supported by the AMA.

    This is the type of bill that all Americans can feel good about. And this is the type of bill that has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans. Rich, middle class and poor a like. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and all other party affiliations. This bill has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life of every American.

    The house healthcare bill should be viewed as the minimum GOLD STANDARD by which all other proposed healthcare legislation should be judged. All supporters of true high quality healthcare reform should now place all your support behind this healthcare reform bill released by the United States House Of Representatives, as the minimum Gold standard for healthcare reform in America.

    You should all now support this bill with all your might, and all of your unrelenting tenacity. This healthcare bill is a VERY, VERY GOOD! bill for all of the American people. Fight tooth, and nail for every bit of this bill if you have too. Be aggressive, creative, and relentless for this bill.

    From this time forward, go BIGGER and DEEPER with the American people every day until passage of healthcare reform with a robust, government-run public option.

    FIGHT!! like your life and the lives of your loved ones depends on it. BECAUSE IT DOES!



    God Bless You

    Jack Smith — Working Class

  3. Jack, I appreciate your comments, no matter how much like an infomercial they sound. In the content, you have failed to give us any specifics of the bill or refute the main thesis of my original post. I will check out the video link soon. Every thing you have purported in your post is most generally disproved by many with government health care in other countries. The CBO has already stated that this will not save any money, but instead cost way more. Watch John Stossel’s report on 20/20 next Friday, July 24th and see what you think.

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