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- Sadly, uttered by a Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, presumably on behalf of his boss, our Dear Leader, the Teleprompter of the United States. ↩
- CAGW.ORG ↩
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Investor’s Business Daily1 has listed 20 examples of how ObamaCare will take away freedom of choice for Americans.
A shortened version:
1. It will cost $750 annually to go without health insurance, even if you are young and healthy. (Section 1501)
2. You won’t be able to get health insurance premiums that reflect your (presumably good) lifestyle. (Section 2701).
3. You won’t be able to bargain for lower health insurance costs by agreeing to certain coverage limits. (Section 2711).
4. You won’t be able to save by choosing a policy that doesn’t cover some preventive care. (Section 2712).
5. You won’t be able to offer cheaper insurance to employees by limiting the definition of “children” to something less than 26 years of age. (Section 2714).
6. “You must buy a policy that covers ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services; chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.” Regardless of if you need such services or not. (Section 1302).
7. Trying to balance cost of the plan with what percentage the plan covers is limited. (Section 1302 (d) (1) (A))
8. You can’t offer (or buy) policies with higher deductibles than $2,000/$4,000 in exchange for a lower premium. (Section 1302 (c) (2) (A).
9. It will cost an employer with more than 101 employees $750 (or $2,000 to $3,000, depending on what comes out of the closed door meetings) not to offer insurance. (Section 1513).
10. You can’t place more than $2,500 into a Flexible Health Spending Account. (Section 9005 (i)).
11. Physicians will be pressured into limiting the services they use through government monitoring. (Section 3003 (i))
12. A physician won’t be able to own a hospital. (Section 6001 (i) (1) (A))
13. A current physician owner of a hospital won’t be able to expand the hospital, except in limited circumstances, and even then the expansion is very limited. (Section 6001 (i) (1) (B), Section 6601 (i) (3) (E) and Section 6001 (i) (3) (C)).
14. The government will control premium increases. (Section 1003)
15. The government will take $2.3 billion or more every year from the pharmaceutical industry. (Section 1404, and Section 9008 (b))
16. The government will take $2 billion or more every year from medical device makers. (Section 9009 (b), and Section 1405).
17. The government will take $6.7 billion or more every year from insurance companies. (Section 1406, and Section 9010 (b) (1) (A and B))
18. Insurance companies will be limited in what kind of talent they can hire as CEOs, as deferred compensation is limited to $500,000. (Section 9014).
19. You will face a marriage penalty in that you will pay an additional 0.5% tax, or perhaps as much as 3.8%, on income over $250,000 if you file a joint return and $200,000 if you file an individual return. (Section 9015, and Section 1402)
20. Cosmetic surgery, or whatever is defined as such by the government, has a 5% tax on it. (Section 9017).
We won’t even begin with the many Constitutional problems this bill poses. Hope and change, Komrade.
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In the sea of self-righteous proclamations by Democrats in Congress to wait for the new Republican Senator from Massachusetts before engaging in further healthcare debate, the same induhviduals have carefully neglected to discuss the real elephant in the room. Namely the national debt.
The reason is now obvious. Harry Reid and company clearly wanted to pass the biggest increase in the national debt ever, and saying that they would wait for Brown on such a key issue would have made them liars.
So there it goes, a $1.9 TRILLION dollar addition to the national debt, care of the Democrat Senate.1 The vote was on party lines, 60-40, and would have failed had Reid waited another few days.
To put this number in perspective, it represents about 53% of the 2010 federal budget, as submitted by the biggest spender ever to occupy the White House. It also increases the national debt by a whopping 15%, the biggest percentage ever, in addition to by far the biggest absolute value ever. And it increases the direct national debt to $45,000 for every American man, woman and child.
This vote by the Democrat controlled Senate shows that Democrats with Harry Reid at the helm take issue with Brown, who might have taken away their credit card and impacted their freespending habits. Should the Democrat controlled House concur that the credit card limit should be raised by this whopper, the Democrats lead by Reid, Pelosi and Obama will be free to spend their way into the worst possible future for the American people. Namely debt bondage.2
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- The Efficiency of the Postal Service
- The Sustainability of Social Security
- and all the Compassion of the IRS
(No further comment)
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Government can run healthcare best, right? Afterall, with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid they’ve had plenty of time to learn from past successes and failures, and not repeat them again, right?
Regardless of your personal opinion, the following video should provide plenty of additional facts to go with the discussion.
- Expressing opinions as opinions and facts as facts is the proper way to approach a discussion; mixing facts and fiction, and hiding inconvenient facts isn’t. ↩
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