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Surprise! We discover they didn't read the bill after all

Posted by – 4/13/10

So this…

In a new report, the Congressional Research Service says the law may have significant unintended consequences for the “personal health insurance coverage” of senators, representatives and their staff members.

For example, it says, the law may “remove members of Congress and Congressional staff” from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available.

The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?

…makes this all the sweeter:

As Allahpundit puts it on HotAir, “In other words, theoretically the law kicks them out of the federal health plan now in order to force them to join insurance exchanges … that don’t exist yet.”

It’s just so delicious to hear the Democrats enthusiastically lie about reading a bill that was not only humanly impossible to have read by that time but would so soon after provide them with a swift kick in the teeth. The unintended consequences of government meddling, indeed!

At some point, supporters of big government are going to have to get tired of being wrong. All. The. Time.

Admit it: There's a Problem

Posted by – 8/12/09

I enjoy reading opposing viewpoints. Especially when their view of the role of Government is so radically different than mine and they can still be honest about the bait-and-switch being presented to the American people as *real* Healthcare Reform. Camille Paglia writes:

You can keep your doctor; you can keep your insurance, if you’re happy with it, Obama keeps assuring us in soothing, lullaby tones. Oh, really? And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing.

Nice to see that, though her political persuasion is entirely different than mine, she can also see the glaring problems with the plan(s) being floated before the nation. She points out the ludicrous rants by the likes of Pelosi aren’t even rational:

Blaming obstructionist Republicans is nonsensical because Democrats control all three branches of government. It isn’t conservative rumors or lies that are stopping healthcare legislation; it’s the justifiable alarm of an electorate that has been cut out of the loop and is watching its representatives construct a tangled labyrinth for others but not for themselves.

And while liberals, conservatives, and libertarians may disagree on many, many things, we should be able to soberly ask ourselves…

Are we like late Rome, infatuated with past glories, ruled by a complacent, greedy elite, and hopelessly powerless to respond to changing conditions?

I fear the answer is a resounding yes.

People are getting riled up about Gov't takeover of Health

Posted by – 8/3/09

But seriously, why on earth should we expect them to actually read the legislation that will radically transform one sixth of the economy.

And we’re seeing more and more of this scenario played out as congressmen and senators come back to their districts for the August recess. Hey, maybe that’s why some are laying low!

This does not bode well for Obama and his “We Know Better Than You” big Government types’ plan to destroy the entire healthcare system in America in favor of single-payer insurance.

Health Care Overhall: The Part of Porkulus that No One is Talking About

Posted by – 2/9/09

You’re simply not going to believe this. Apparently Obama, Reid, and Pelosi are trying to sneak the foundations of universal healthcare into the “stimulus.” Yet another reason they want it passed without debate.

Hiding health legislation in a stimulus bill is intentional. Daschle supported the Clinton administration’s health-care overhaul in 1994, and attributed its failure to debate and delay. A year ago, Daschle wrote that the next president should act quickly before critics mount an opposition. “If that means attaching a health-care plan to the federal budget, so be it,” he said. “The issue is too important to be stalled by Senate protocol.”

But if you’re still ignorant enough to believe universal healthcare will be a utopian dream come true, hold the phone.

Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. 

But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446).

And yes, eerily enough, many of the provisions mirror recommendations Daschle made in his 2008 snoozer Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.

According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”

Awesome. I’m so glad to super-efficient, omniscient Federal Government will be in my exam room to save the day. They’ve already proven to be so brilliant in their prescription to provide mortgages to people who can’t possibly afford them. And then there’s this little Orwellian gem:

Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties.  “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill.

Ah, of course. And “meaningful user” will be defined by an unaccountable, appointed board called Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. Like the Federal Reserve, but for all things medical. Get excited!

And now for some downsides (obvious ones, at least, for those who haven’t yet noticed them):

[Daschle] praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.

That’s right, Americans. Quit being so hopeful. That is, of course, unless it’s Hope rationed out by the Federal Council of Prosperity, Happiness, and Fairness. You see, when you’re so damn hopeful, you’re taking away the hope of others. Share it. There’s only so much to go around.

Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.

Folks, get ready for this kind of stuff. THIS is why private insurance is good. When you get into a single-payer health insurance system, it doesn’t turn out well. And telling seniors to just suck it up and prepare to die is only one of the heartwarming benefits that comes with universal healthcare.

Universal Healthcare and the Right to Personal Liberty

Posted by – 1/30/09

I have long argued that if the Gov’t has the responsibility to provide something like healthcare to you, then they necessarily possess the right to conduct personally invasive checks on your health and demand for compliance to a health standard. Perhaps calling it a “right” isn’t the best use of terminology, but that’s really an issue with semantics and a poor choice for a point of contention with the argument. Rightfully or not, they’ll do it. Think that’s far fetched? Take a cold, hard look at contemporary Japan. And the crazy part? Once the premise of gov’t provided universal healthcare is established, the government’s line of logic here isn’t all that off-base.