The O's attempt to socialize US health care and destroy 20% of the US economy is encased in a bill, which is so badly written, so opaque and so illogical, that no-one from Chairman Barry-O, the left-wing political class; down to his unisex wearing Black Shirted union supporters, can understand it, with few politicians even bothering to read the jumble mash of legalese. It is not Health Care reform, but deform.
The intent of this governmental expansion is obvious – Cubanize US health and have citizens become wards of the state. The details are however, as with most socialist experiments, anything but clear but that will not matter. Embedded in the bill are obvious references to a total government take-over of health care. And keep in mind that this bill is only step 1. Beyond this in the year's to come, would be versions 2 and 3, limiting and rationing supply, and eventually destroying any market or profit incentive which might have existed.
Some key pages and their passages are below:
-Page 16: If you have insurance at the time of the bill becoming law and change your policy, you will be required to take a similar plan. If that is not available, you will be required to take the government option.
• Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed.
• Page 30: A government committee will decide what treatments and benefits you shall get (and, unlike an insurer, there will be no appeals process)
• Page 42: The "Health Choices Commissioner" will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None.
• Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free healthcare services.
• Page 58: Every person will be issued a National ID Healthcard.
• Page 59: The federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer.
• Page 84: All private healthcare plans must participate in the Healthcare Exchange (i.e., total government control of private plans)
• Page 195: Officers and employees of Government Healthcare Bureaucracy will have access to ALL American financial and personal records.
• Page 280: Hospitals will be penalized for what the government deems preventable re-admissions.
• Page 298: Doctors: if you treat a patient during an initial admission that results in a readmission, you will be penalized by the government.
• Page 318: Prohibition on hospital expansion. Hospitals cannot expand without government approval.
• Page 335: Government mandates establishment of outcome-based measures: i.e., rationing.
• Page 430: Government will decide what level of treatments you may have at end-of-life.
This bill is liberal-fascist disaster. It interposes government into every possible level in healthcare. There are no 'reforms'. These are all 'deforms'. Reforms would include; real policy competition, tax reforms; tort reform; policy portability; reducing the $100 billion per annum Medicare/aid fraud; repealing government laws which distort policies, prices and free choice; removing laws which impede direct consumer-supplier interaction and proper pricing - amongst many other necessary changes. Expanding government power in health care is simply insane. It is deforming, not reforming the system.
One dirty secret of the O's Health Care deform ? Killing the old. Dr. Betsy McCaughey, a former lieutenant governor of New York, and now an adjunct senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and founder and Chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, after reading the entire 1100 page bill, called it “a vicious assault on the elderly and the boomer generation.” She is partially right.
According to McCaughey, the Bill plainly states that $500 billion would be cut from senior programs and patient care. Dr. McCaughey maintains that on page 425 there will be a 5 year review on elderly people and the type of care that they are legally entitled to receive and to maintain cost control. This is nothing more than a government panel deciding basically on how people will die. It is a cult of death, not of life. These panels are however, not mandatory – yet.
Page 425 like most of the bill, makes for poor reading but the language is obvious – there will be government panels who will 'guide' seniors to 'end of life' decisions and resources. It would only be a matter of time before the 'voluntary' usage of such panels becomes an obligation. After all it is the old who use up the vast majority of healthcare time and money.
The bill states in legalese:
“An explanation by the practitioner of advance care planning, including key questions and considerations, important steps, and suggested people to talk to.
"(B) An explanation by the practitioner of advance directives, including living wills and durable powers of attorney, and their uses.
"(C) An explanation by the practitioner of the role and responsibilities of a health care proxy.
"(D) The provision by the practitioner of a list of national and State-specific resources to assist consumers and their families with advance care planning, including the national toll-free hotline..”
'Advanced care' planning is code for end of life planning. Wills, documents, and end of life care are what will be discussed. Since when should government be involved with your private matters on wills, succession, and inheritance ? Are they going to make sure that your assets, as you die, are properly assessed and taxed ? Perhaps pre-taxed before your death to cover your medical bills ?
In the future when health costs are not contained to the level of government and budget satisfaction, cost reductions will be enacted. Since end of life care is over 40% of all medical expenses, it only makes sense that end of life treatment would be rationed. It has to happen. It is the largest single component of healthcare costs.
This reality of supply denial and rationing is also supported by John David Lewis, a Duke University Classics Professor analyzes the Health Bill as a common citizen. In his analysis Lewis makes the following summary:
1.Will the plan ration health care ? - Yes.
2.Will the plan punish Americans who try to opt out? - Yes.
3.Will the plan destroy private health insurance? - Yes.
4.Does the plan allow the government to set fees for services? - Yes.
5.Will the plan increase the power of government officials to scrutinize our private affairs? - Yes.
6.Does the plan automatically enroll Americans in the government plan? - Yes.
7.Does the plan exempt federal officials from court review? - Yes.
Lewis is right. And from that flow some obvious consequences. When government controls 20% of GDP the following will occur:
1.Businesses will no longer offer health coverage for their workers. Why would they ? For $900 per month the employee can go on the socialized system.
2.The private insurance market will thus collapse costing tens of thousands of jobs.
3.There will be no R&D in new drugs or new medical technology and people will literally die for this lack of provision.
4.Access points and clinics will close. Since government will own the budgets for health care, and since there is no profit motive, what sense does it make to develop a clinic and be price capped ?
5.The supply of doctors and nurses will dry up, as inevitably, wage caps on health professionals are imposed to contain costs. This current bill already has provisions on limiting payments to doctors – regardless of work, time spent or specialty.
6.Waiting lists will develop ensuring that people will die from a lack of treatment.
In Canada there are 1 million people on waiting lists. 20.000 per year die on average in the socialized
medical system. In the US one can expect 12 million people to be on waiting lists and about 200.000 to die per annum in the hospital system. These are real human costs not factored in by the technocrats in their savage rush to socialize 20% of GDP. The cult of death and its attendant hypocrisy reek.
It is after all the elite and the rich which are mandating the communalisation of healthcare. But they of course will have a different system and a different healthcare plan assuring themselves of the best treatment and access. Something that they will deny to the little people as the Prophet and his radical friends attempt to eradicate the US experiment and turn all Americans into wards of the state.
It was after all the National Socialists in Germany who first offered universal Health Care......