Health Care Bill IS Trojan Horse

Last month when President Obama was speaking to the town hall meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, he told us the coming health care bill would not replace private health insurance.  He said, “This is not a trojan horse as some have claimed.”  Soon after the bill was released to the public Investor’s Business Daily discovered and proved Obama had lied.  Why wasn’t this headlines in the news?  It certainly would have been had a similar situation occurred under President Bush.

Normally, I enjoy deconstructing and analyzing issues and long documents, but I must confess reading the entire 1018 pages of the health care bill is not something I care to do.  First it isn’t written in common English.  It is written in legalese, with wording designed to hide its intent.  Take this paragraph from page 16 for example:

“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.]”

Easily missed, but not easily understood.  This was brought to my attention by my fellow bloggers at The Political Inquirer. If by page 16 something like this turns up, how dangerous must the rest of the bloated bill be?  The complete text of the bill was posted on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce website.  I have been trying to read as much of it as I can stomach.  It is slow going and wording like this, “the coverage period under this part shall begin on the first day of the month in which the individual enrolls or, at the option of the individual, on the first day of the second month following the last month of the individual’s initial enrollment period,” appears everywhere.

As recently as Thursday, at a New Jersey rally, Obama repeated his lie when he said, “First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”  Okay, technically he isn’t lying since IF you can keep your job and your company does not switch plans.  However, if you change jobs as most people do every two years or so, you will be switching to the government plan since that will be the only plan you will legally be allowed to buy.  This is Nationalizing the health industry.  This is NOT a “public option.”

lauraingraham-behindmicLast night I watched some of The O’Reilly Factor. Bill was not on and this contributed to my watching.  (Sorry, Bill’s personality grates on me.)  Laura Ingraham was filling in and she was interviewing a woman about one of my pet peeves in public health care, end of life.  Laura was concerned about the “health counciling” that would be required for terminal patients and the elderly.  Specifically she was concerned with p. 425, where the bill requires the elderly receive counseling every five years.  Naturally  Her concern, like mine, is that this counciling will be brainwashing sessions to convince these people to refuse treatment and step aside and die for sake the more fit in society.  The bill has not even passed and the issue of terminating the elderly is already being pushed.

The President made it clear that he believes the old and sick need to die before consuming too many precious resources.  In a clip played on the Laura Ingraham Show, he said, “The most important thing we can do on end-of-life care right now is to make sure that we’re empowering everyone to make decisions for themselves about how they want to deal with the end of life and to encourage people to look at hospices as a legitimate option for dealing with these issues.” (0:58 into the YouTube clip below.)  Sounds good but he is essentially saying we must talk people into refusing care so they can go cheaply into the sunset.  However he went on tp clarify more, “We know we spend a huge amount of money that last year of life… My hope is that as a culture and as a society we’re going to be able to have a in-depth discussion and more and more people are gonna say, I don’t want people poking tubes, and, you know, uh, doing all sorts of…stuff to my body.  I want to find a way where I can control this end of life process in a dignified way that’s good for my family.”  (7:05 into the YouTube clip below.)

Laura rants about the health care bill and plays bites from Obama saying people should look at hospice as a real option – read “Die quickly and cheaply.”

I agree with Laura, if a person wishes to fight to live let them fight the good fight to the end.  But under a nationalized health care program emphasis will naturally be placed upon rationing resources – but it won’t be called “rationing” it will be “allocating.”  Anyway you look at it the point will be rationing limited resources.  I did not catch the name of the woman Laura was interviewing but she pushed the point that elderly folks should be encouraged to go the hospice route.

CradleToGraveExpressIf you don’t believe in slippery slopes, your blind.  We are already talking about euthanasia and the bill hasn’t been passed.  Furthermore, we all have heard the statistic that by 2016 more people will be collecting Social Security benefits than paying into the system. I contend that it will be in the best interest of the government on multiple fronts, to reduce the elderly population.  Hilter might have found a more efficient solution but I fear a nation health system will, in a typical bureaucratic way, achieve the same end.

We are told we must have national health care now or it will ruin us, but we should take note of the red flag flapping behind them.  They are already discussing gruesome cost-cutting methods like forbidding life-prolonging proceedures.  Is this salvation or damnation?  This national health care system will be our ruin. Current medical care costs have risen partly in response to demand.  At the same time the quantity of resources (supply) has risen as well, while pricing has compensated for the rest of the imbalance.  Under a public system prices could not float with demand and neither would supply.  There would be a lack of funds, lack of bureaucratic speed, and an abundance of political pressures  to keep from meeting the demand.  The lack of market rewards would discourage private supply increases and tax policies would suppress or retard private sector growth.

Think about it.  Demand will increase with the addition of 47 million new patients.  According to a study released this June by Clinton-era CBO Director, June O’Neill, about 18 million of these never needed or desired health insurance in the first place.  Furthermore, a third of the remaining uninsured are illegal aliens who should not be receiving health benefits at taxpayer expense but will.  The entire health care “crisis” is a an overstated scare tactic to socialize the economy and empower Democrats by making dependents of us all.  Yes reform is needed but read this bill – okay not all of it but skim through it somethings might pop out at you.  Remember, there is only one thing the government does well, they destroy things.

  1. If I am reading this blog right, the author is in favor of coninuing the present healthcare system that’s doomed for self-destruction because of the abuse of the system by health care providers: do more, whether it is medically necessary or not.

    You should read the article titled “The Cost Conundrum” for an example of what’s happening all over the United States. Or better still come shadow me for a day in my role as a medical director for a large hospital system. It would not likely change your mind considering what I perceive as your status-quo belief.

  2. Dr. Clark, You’re not reading me correctly. I am in favor of change but not national health insurance. I would like to see tort reform, loser pays malpractice, physician accountability (open searchable records on malpractice convictions/settlements), and a change in the current system that makes Americans subsidize medicines for the rest of the world. There may be other good suggestions out there but nationalized health care isn’t good. I have lived under it in Belgium. Taxes are outrageous to pay for the bloated system, despite liberal denials there is a waiting list for many tests and procedures. I especially fear denial of service that results in these system. My wife successfully fought Kaiser to get a better cancer treatment, she successfully fought them to get an MRI when she suspected something the doctor said was unnecessary AND they FOUND SOMETHING.

    I wrote about all this in my post The Boy Who Cried Wolf so I did not want to bloat this essay by repeating all that.

    Thanks for writing. I’d love to hear what you think the solution is. I have never spoken to a doctor who favored a government insurance program. Especially a single payer system like this one is designed to become. In spite of the blatant lies Obama keep repeating page 16 makes it clear this WILL be a single payer system.

    • I likely did misinterpret your blog and your motives. Briefly, I would like to see Basic Healthcare provided to every resident. A plan to offer two tier coverage is possible. One, to guarantee basic care which would cover emergent/urgent care and Two, a supplemental coverage plan that would cover costs over and above basic.

      I would like to see quality issues and utilization of services issues monitored strigently and accountability shifted to healthcare providers.

      If you have an interest read my website. Click on healtcare and go to Basic Healthcare to get my views. I have not stayed current on keeping my website updated. It’s easy to say I don’t have time. And I really don’t of late.

      I am convinced that the savings from adequate control of utilization and quality of care will offset the cost of any reform plan
      that provides care for the uninsured and the underinsured.

      Thank you for your response to my comment.

      Charles Clark

  3. pages of bill to read and question 420, 424-5, 783, 818.

    questions….pages 627, 676, 780?

  4. We have a tendency in America to argue for or against a concept based on our own personal philosophy or view of the world, what advances our personal interests, or the interests of our party, family, organization, or region. Perhaps viewing the issue from a management or systemic perspective might result in innovative approaches to the issue. The American national mindset, citizen philosophy, lack of citizen motivation to be proactively healthy, and governance model make the socialization of health care in America very problematic, particularly at this point in time. A country needs to know its limitations.

    • deward
    • July 27th, 2009

    Good article.

    It is lying, lying, lying to state that the proposed solution will do more than bankrupt america. Wait, we already are. Do they understand basic macro economic principles? Wait, they don’t. Anyway, the slickness to the Obama ability to sell and lie, both comforts us–as he is best hope for calming and avoiding economic panic– and sickens those of us awake.

    Continue in same health system? Well, the trick is to increase competition of care (not insurance) providers, perhaps against the private sector by building a few self insured hospitals and clinics, possibly income based, would bring down costs across the board, without a take over. Why do people only see getting into the insurance end as anything but putting the government solely on business end of collecting more money? But it is a take over that is needed to totally entrap the average joe, who will become a fugitive if he can’t afford to pay.

    Every law, unread legelese, not written or read by the those that govern, but those that pay for the govenors.

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