Hypocrisy dominates Health Care “reform” campaign

Anyone who believes that the Health care reform bill is anything but a naked power grab should look into the following facts. Any one of them should be enough to make you feel betrayed by those you have elected.

1. This bill is cleverly misnamed: H.R. 3200: America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.

It should be titled America's Enforced Health Choices Act.  Any individual who doesn’t have acceptable health care (according to the government) will be taxed 2.5% of income. It is a tax and the IRS will collect it from you.

According to Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold, those who fail to pay the fee for not buying health insurance could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty.

Where in the Constitution does it say that ordinary citizens will subject to fines and jail for not having federally approved health insurance? Your elected officials and certain union members, and illegal aliens are exempt from these requirements of course.

2.  Those working to impose this bill on us have  exempted themselves from being subject to this bill. Our elected officials have repeatedly refused to allow themselves to be covered by this bill and it appears that they have given unions special exemptions from the provisions of this bill.

We are being forced to accept a health care system that our "elite" leaders are avoiding. So much for equality under the law.

3.  In spite of bland assurances that services will never be rationed, staffing has already begun for an unelected, largely unaccountable group of bureaucrats charged with containing Medicare costs. Obama has stated that such a group, working outside of “normal political channels,” should guide decisions regarding that “huge driver of cost … the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives.

Most of this group is already in place as a result of the Stimulus Bill which contained funding for a $1.1 billion enterprise run by federal bureaucrats—not practicing doctors on the front line or patients and this part of the President’s plan dictates that doctors and hospitals will
be overseen and reviewed by The National Coordinator of Health
Information Technology. 

This “Coordinator”, who has already been
appointed by President Obama, will be responsible for monitoring
treatments to ensure doctors and hospitals strictly follow what the
government deems appropriate and cost effective, and to “guide medical
decisions at the time and place of care.”
So much for Obama's assurance that the government will not come between you and your doctor!

HR 3200 adds another layer of bureaucrats who will allocate resources on the basis of budget needs, not patient needs. This is a great employment opportunity for those who desire absolute power over their neighbor's lives.

4. Democrats are already planning to institute $500 Billion in Medicare cuts. So much for Obama's assurances that Medicare will not be affected.

5. Our president and his supporters continue to insist that this vast bucket of unionized services and patronage handouts will not add to tax burdens or deficit spending. This is so blatantly false that it boggles the mind. The Congressional Budget Office has contradicted these claims of a "deficit neutral" program again and again.

6. Finally, our representatives in Washington are planning to ram this bill through under cover of darkness again. They have refused to allow a period of 72 hours between finishing the bill and voting on it. Remember that these representatives are not subject to this bill or the "death panels" they are forcing on an unsuspecting populace.

Some will protest that the bill does not explicitly state that the Federal Government will lower medicare coverage, deny services to the elderly and mentally incapacitated, or interfere with patient/doctor relationships. The simplest answer to such a blatant denial of reality is to look at the many clarifying amendments which were killed at the behest of Nancy Pelosi and her chairmen.

These amendments were all killed:

-  Require all members of Congress to get their health insurance through the government-run plan.
-  Prevent bureaucrats from making personal medical decisions for patients
-  Keep the Federal Government out of health care decisions
-  Require government-run plan to operate under the same standards as private health plans
-  Ensure that Americans cannot be forced into a government-run health plan
-  Stop seniors from being stripped of their health care choices like Medicare Advantage
-  Keep the federal government  from choosing "favored" physicians
-  Ensure that Health Savings Accounts would not be shut down or gutted by federal mandates
-  Allow Americans to continue to enroll in private individual market health plans

If you are not angered by the actions of our President and other elected officials, you are not paying attention. With very few exceptions, this  country would be vastly improved by replacing all incumbents as soon as possible.

It's time to stop drinking the Socialist Kool-Aid. We are heading toward a bleak future as a second-rate nation dominated by a "entitlement" mindset. We will experience a fiscal tsunami of out-of-control spending that will wreak havoc on our economy unless we all get involved in the 2010 elections.

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0 Responses to Hypocrisy dominates Health Care “reform” campaign

  1. Gary says:

    Hi David,

    I hate to break it to you, but I am paying attention to what’s going on here…I’ve just arrived at a different conclusion than you have.

    And every time you start in with the death panels and the socialist agenda it marginalizes your arguments.

    As for the legality of mandated insurance…My state mandates I have auto insurance. Does yours? I can be fined if I am stopped and cannot prove my coverage. Is this also unconstitutional?

  2. Zack says:

    I think some of these statements are based on factually incorrect assumptions. I.E. Death panels was a phrase coined by Palin who ignored fact in favor of nice PR piece.

    Actually the panels she referred to were additional services being covered by medicare for an aging population – (from factcheck.org) “Medicare will cover voluntary counseling sessions between seniors and their doctors to discuss end-of-life care. Medicare doesn’t pay for such sessions now; it would under the bill. End-of-life care discussions include talking about a living will, hospice care, designating a health care proxy and making decisions on what care you want to receive at the end of your life. Doctors do the consulting, not the ‘government’ or a ‘bureaucracy’.”

    Basically the ability of seniors to make their own choices in advance rather than have them made for them by relatives. Probably why the AARP endorsed the bill that was ‘supposedly’ trying to kill them off.

    Argument 1. This bill is correctly named. Socialized medicine is usually less expensive and higher quality than what the average US taxpayer can afford. But the public option was killed so there will be less chance that the system will actually improve into a working government run healthcare system and instead continue to be an insurance dominated moneymaking scheme.

    Argument 3. In this area I am afraid more regulation is good. I have seen a lot of waste and inefficiencies in healthcare. Many institutions have huge administrative inefficiencies and practice un-necessary medicine which drives up costs. Government guidelines are a huge help in reducing waste as the expert recommendations do help health institutions to practice safer medicine and reduce the risk of malpractice since the institution is not “guessing” what procedures are correct. That is what the AMA and HHS do in many ways. A overhaul in this area is long overdue, as the US is about 10 years behind in diagnosis tracking and I see very little evidence that hospital management have incentive to fix their processes without government regulation forcing their hand. And yes I have first hand experience in this area, probably more than any expert you have heard quoted.

    The amount that private insurers rely on medicare to research operation outcomes is just staggering. The government panels basically do more analysis than insurance industry and yet far less analysis than many European countries. My girlfriend does healthcare economic modeling worldwide and she refers to US modeling as “quite primative” compared to what she has to prove to get a procedure accepted in a European country.

    For further information here is a good link about 26 of the most common lies used to fight healthcare reform – http://www.factcheck.org/2009/08/twenty-six-lies-about-hr-3200/ there is also a link covering obama’s speech. http://www.factcheck.org/2009/09/obamas-health-care-speech/ which was much more truthful than the opposition attack ads which got completely lambasted.

    It is little known but the facts often have strong bias towards liberal positions.

  3. It is little known but factcheck.org often has a strong bias towards liberal positions.

    Factcheck.org is a skillfully created source of weaselworded facts. As an Annenberg Public Policy Center Project, I would expect little else.

    Republicans lie and Democrats falsely accuse according to factcheck.org, while Obama only misstates his facts.

    You may also notice that factcheck.org avoids commenting on the more egregious falsehoods uttered by Obama.

    I read all of the factcheck.com articles before writing my article and drew my own conclusions after cross-checking multiple sources.

    One of the more interesting developments in this health care “reform” bill is the hurried revisions that have been made after “uninformed” Sarah Palin exposed what was hidden in the bill.

    The pattern is fairly consistent: first a hysterical denial by the Democrats, then a hurried shuffling about and rewriting of passages, then statements by various press lackeys that this was much ado about nothing. The choreography is obvious except to the very naive.

    If you believe that resources will not be allocated on the basis of budget needs, instead of patient needs, I suggest you look into how other countries handle this issue.

    You might also ask yourself why $1.1 Billion has been approved for the bureaucrats who will ration health care and there is not a doctor among them.

  4. GBGames says:

    ***It is little known but factcheck.org often has a strong bias towards liberal positions.***

    Here we go. First you write that it’s a good place to get the facts, but now that the facts aren’t playing nice with the conspiracy theory you bought into, it’s a cleverly concealed liberal mouthpiece.

    Big news: you aren’t the first conservative to accuse FactCheck.org of being a part of the liberal media. Early on, when FactCheck was new, a Republican Senator or Congressman got questioned about something the organization called him on. Right away, without knowing anything about this group, he accused them of being part of the liberal media.

    It seems anytime someone points out falsehoods perpetuated by conservatives, immediately there are accusations of bias.

    It’s not bias if you call a lie what it is.

    The biggest problem is that the major media outlets are afraid to say anything bad about conservatives for fear of appearing bias. We don’t call it torture. We call it “torture” with safe quotes. Or to be even safer, we call them “enhanced interrogation techniques”, or safer still we use “EIT”.

    I want my media to be an unofficial check and balance on the government, not a part of the establishment, liberal or conservative.

    Big news: The media is really good at calling out liberal BS, too. It’s also good at biasing against liberals. Howard Dean was supposedly the most liberal candidate a couple of elections ago, and yet I recall the major media outlets doing a number on him. How many times did his yell get played on the air when similar-sounding yells from other candidates, such as Kerry, were ignored?

    FactCheck definitely calls out falsehoods from liberals as well as conservatives.

    Also, you seem to be accusing FactCheck of using stronger words against conservatives, such as “lie”, while using lesser words against liberals and the President. Not from what I can see.

    But then, I didn’t read about Death Panels either when I checked the relevant bill. I’m still waiting for that proof.

  5. Jim White says:

    Mr. St. Lawrence:

    Hypocrisy is only one of the obstacles to improving our health care system. Hysteria, paranoia, and outright ignorance seem to play an increasing role in our inability to measure up to the rest of the civilized world in how we treat our neighbors and fellow citizens. While talk of death panels and the notion of health care costs turning the US into a gulag are indeed scary, what we have is broken and needs fixing.

    The way I see it, the Insurance Industry will be the biggest loser if health care reform passes. They’ve been writing their own ticket for so long that people tend to overlook the fact that they don’t even belong in the equation. Is it any wonder that they are the one’s squealing the loudest??

  6. All those who are supporting the bill hope to benefit from it. That is to be expected.

    Those who oppose the imposition of this catastrophically expensive program are aware that they stand to lose if the bill is passed.

    The inequities built into this bil and the massive government programs funded by this bill suggest that this will be a bigger waste of money than the Cap and Trade bil and the Stimulus bill combined.

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