Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I am enjoying the brilliant dialog regarding ramming Obamacare down everyone’s throats, whether they want it or not. I have yet to hear the likes of Pelosi or Reid or the Big 0 himself refute the “lies” about the bill by something zany like, oh, say, actually showing what part of the bill refutes the “lie”. In fact, most of the leading proponents of said bill have admitted they don’t even know what the hell is in it (just like the “stimulus” bill).

No wonder they haven’t read the Frankenstein monstrosity they have created. Standing, at the moment, at 1,018 pages, longer by far than the King James Bible, nobody, with the possible exception of maybe Ron Paul, has actually read the cursed thing. The vids are out there of Pelosi, Ried, Spector, and Conyers admitting…on national television…that they certainly haven’t actually read the darn thing that they’re touting so heavily.

The Great & Powerful O himself obviously hasn’t. When asked, “Will people be able to keep their insurance and will insurers be able to write new policies even though H.R. 3200 is passed?” The Big 0, eyes darting frantically about in search of a teleprompter, said, “You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about.”

Barack Mugabe went on to insist, “If you have health insurance and you like it, and you have a doctor that you like, then you can keep it. Period.”

This, now, is what is known as a lie. Page 16 of the Health Care “Reform” Bill would refute it, right there under the Newspeak provision of “Protecting Choice to Keep Current Coverage” it says: "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.

That is, you keep your coverage until anything whatsoever changes.

Such pesky little details are why the unread bill’s proponents have to resort to the mature, intellectual, statesman-like rebuttal of name-calling. “Nazi! Mob! Racist! Un-American! Timothy McVeigh! Terrorist!”

Instead, why don’t we take a quick little peek at some of the actual bill.

For instance, on page 31 the odious bill states: "There is established a private-public advisory committee which shall be a panel of medical and other experts to be known as the Health Benefits Advisory Committee to recommend covered benefits and essential, enhanced, and premium plans."

In other words, these “experts” get to, in the end, decide what treatment you can actually get. As in England, with their socialized medicine. You have breast cancer and you’re over a certain age? So sorry. Not covered. Too expensive for too little return. Enjoy your agonizing death.

The committee itself partially consists of 9 non-government “experts” picked by the President, aka a bunch of union thugs and ACORN hooligans.

On page 29 we see one of several references regarding what amounts to rationing. "(A) ANNUAL LIMITATION.—The cost-sharing incurred under the essential benefits package with respect to an individual (or family) for a year does not exceed the applicable level specified in subparagraph (B)."

Page 50: "SEC. 152. PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE. (a) IN GENERAL.—Except as otherwise explicitly permitted by this Act and by subsequent regulations consistent with this Act, all health care and related services (including insurance coverage and public health activities) covered by this Act shall be provided without regard to personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services."

Or “You get to keep paying for illegals, and pay more.”

On page 59, we find out that Uncle Sam can dip into your personal bank account and extract whatever payment he deems appropriate. "(C) enable electronic funds transfers, in order to allow automated reconciliation with the related health care payment and remittance advice;"

Here (pp-97-98) you get saddled with a random plan you may not want, but it’s not like you have a choice: “(3) AUTOMATIC ENROLLMENT FOR NON-MEDICAID ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS.—(A) IN GENERAL.—The Commissioner shall provide for a process under which individuals who are Exchange-eligible individuals described in subparagraph (B) are automatically enrolled under an appropriate Exchange-participating health benefits plan. Such process may involve a random assignment or some other form of assignment that takes into account the health care providers used by the individual involved or such other relevant factors as the Commissioner may specify.”

Your employer can also be forced to thrust you into a random health plan (p145): “(4) AUTOENROLLMENT OF EMPLOYEES.—The employer provides for autoenrollment of the employee in accordance with subsection (c).”

On p124 we find the government can slap any old price they want to on things (can you say price fixing…which is a VERY BAD THING if private enterprise ever tries it) and there will be no legal recourse against it.

“(f) LIMITATIONS ON REVIEW.—There shall be no administrative or judicial review of a payment rate or methodology established under this section…”

Now let's say you’re a Christian, a real one not just a pretend one around election time, and don’t care to have the "treatment" of an RFID chip implanted in your hand or head someday in the future. P170 says tough. You apply for an exemption, and the Secretary gets to play God and decide yea or nay.

‘‘(B) EXEMPTION.—An application for the exemption described in subparagraph (A) shall be filed with the Secretary at such time and in such form and manner as the Secretary may prescribe. Any such exemption granted by the Secretary shall be effective for such period as the Secretary determines appropriate."

On P203 we find the kind or Orwellian language only our duly elected reprehensitives can come up with. “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax…” Watch for more of the same in upcoming bills. With such language, you can raise the hell out of the taxes on people making less than $250,000 a year and then say you didn’t raise their taxes, as promised.

We also see (p241) that the government gets to decide what doctors are “worth” and how much they get paid…which will be all at the same rate. “Service categories established under this paragraph shall apply without regard to the specialty of the physician furnishing the service.’’

So the government decides upon a doctor's salary and then a witch doctor gets paid the same as a neurosurgeon. Now there’s an incentive to spend 8+ years and a couple hundred grand on college and med school. It's also in the bill, I noted in passing, how much the government will (surprise) increase bureaucracy in healthcare. Bureaucracy and red tape is already the most noted reason by far that a recent survey of doctors said they wanted to get out of the practice. Where are we even going to get doctors...let alone competent ones...under such a system?

On pp317-318 it’s laid down that even if you have a functional hospital, you can’t expand it even if, say, something wacky happens, like the population of the area increasing.

‘‘(C) PROHIBITION ON EXPANSION OF FACILITY CAPACITY.—Except as provided in paragraph (2), the number of operating rooms, procedure rooms, or beds of the hospital at any time on or after the date of the enactment of this subsection are no greater than the number of operating rooms, procedure rooms, or beds, respectively, as of such date.”

That’s just a few things I picked up on a quick skim through. God only knows what other horrors lurk within those thousand unread pages. We could, unlike our public servants who are being paid handsomely to do so, actually read the whole thing.

But why bother? It’s so much easier to just say, “Nazi! Mob! Racist! Un-American! Timothy McVeigh! Terrorist!”

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