With the Healthcare Reform Rush, Obama Admits He is Not Familiar With the Bill

While Obama’s healthcare legislation, H.R. 3200, has tanked to a disapproval rate of 50% across the nation, Obama is putting pressure on the U.S. House and Senate to quickly pass their versions of the bill before breaking for summer vacation at the end of July.

Meanwhile, a Bloomberg.com article explains that there is a hold-up due, in part, to “Democrats, who have majorities in each chamber, that have been stymied by squabbles within the party over the measure’s price tag and proposed new taxes.”

However, we Republicans know that there is a lot more reason to stall this bill than to instill even more taxes- the President does not appear to know a heck of a lot about his own "Obamacare" plan.

Obama hosted a conference call with leftist bloggers earlier this week, in which he urged them to pressure Congress to pass his healthcare plan as soon as possible. During this call, as reported by RealClearPolitics, a blogger from Maine asked Obama about Section 102 of the bill, which states the House health legislation would outlaw private insurance. The blogger asked, "Is this true? Will people be able to keep their insurance and will insurers be able to write new policies even though H.R. 3200 is passed?"- to which our very own president admitted, "You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about."

After just admitting that he is not familiar with the healthcare bill, Obama goes on to promise, “If you have health insurance, and you like it, and you have a doctor that you like, then you can keep it. Period.” Well which is it?!?! Yes- we can keep our existing health plans, but only if they can survive the wrath of Obamacare, which will slash and burn our preexisting healthcare plans with its slew of new regulations that our healthcare plans must conform to. And how can Obama even attempt to fulfill his promise to the U.S. public when he obviously has not even read through the bill himself?

As Senator John Cornyn has explained in a previous blog post, Congress must take more time to get healthcare reform right partly because "it seems like there's less concern in Washington about lowering health care costs than shifting those costs to the taxpayers."

Could Obamacare be yet another disguise for increased taxes? While there is so much still up in the air about H.R. 3200, one thing is for sure- unless Obama actually reads the bill and the Democrats in Congress stop forcing more and more taxes into this legislative proposal, there should be absolutely no rush on passing this healthcare  bill.

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The push on ObammaCare reminds me of the sales person who is always pushing to buy today. Why? If it is a good deal today, it will be a good deal tomorrow!

I listened to his pitch on TV last night (July 22) and I couldn't make heads or tails out of it. Why can't we take this one thing at a time? Let us start with who are we going to give health care to?
Illegal immigrants? Maybe not.
People who have insurance on the job but quit the job? Let's talk about it.
People who lose their jobs? Probably. What if the current insurer is required to maintain the person on the insurance rolls and the government picks up part of the cost, the employer picks up part of the cost and the employee pick up part of the cost. How would that work? Lets talk about it.
People who can afford insurance but will not pay for it? Probably not.
What about the working poor who can afford to either eat or pay for insurance but not both?

All of these have solutions, but trying to find and implement them all at once makes no sense.  Some progress every year is better than no progress at all.

ObammaCare is a pig in a poke. Sorry 'Bamma man, I want to see that pig (with or without lipstick).

I am a physician who has lived in Texas for over 10 years.  I have spent a huge amount of time training for my job.  This includes 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, 5 years of graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. in pharmacology, 4 years of residency training in internal medicine and anesthesiology, a year of graduate school fellowship, a year of anesthesiology fellowship.   

President Obama intends to implement his healthcare reform which will cut payments for my services in half.   It is non-sensical to believe that private insurers (who pay considerably more than the government) will exist for very long attempting to compete against government system that can dictate payments for every facet of healthcare, and can supplement cash influx into the system (i.e. Medicare and Medicaid systems). 

I have no doubt that President Obama's plan will totally and radically alter my financial future.  I do not expect that anyone should feel sorry for me.  What I do think is that people should realize that this is indeed another step in government taking over every aspect of private citizens lives.  If government can tell me that it thinks that I make too much money, or that it is in societies best interest to cut my income in half, then it is only a matter of time until this process can extend to every branch of the private economy.  Indeed it will be those that have invested the most time, work, risk and effort who will be the first to be attacked since these are the people whose own efforts have resulted in them commanding the highest incomes in a private society. 

Anonymous, very honestly not only shouldn't we as your victims feel 'sorry' for you but you should be utterly ashamed of even existing within a system where you and your fellow health dealers derive their 'financial future' from bankrupting families all over the country and denying life to patients who can't afford to provide you with your third house on the coast. 
I am looking forward to a more sensible situation where the rest of us normal citizens at last have some leverage against the health care mob. 
If that means the Govt takes away some of your precious freedom to take my money away then I'm not only fine with that but I would top it with: nobody is holding you here, why don't you go and practise your trade in Saudi Arabia to see if you like them apples. 
We can in turn replace you with thousands and even millions of highly qualified medical professionals from countries where people will be more than happy to assist us with our medical needs.

The Horrors of the Health-Care Bill

Horrors in the New Healthcare Bill. Compiled by Robert Moon, Macon County Conservative Examiner July 24, 2009.

PG 29, Lines 4-16: Directly rations health care for the elderly.

PG 30, Sec 123: Establishes a government committee that decides what treatments/benefits you get.

PG 42: The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your benefits for you.

PG 50, Section 152: Extends benefits and coverage to illegal immigrants.

PG 58: The creation of a national ID health card and a comprehensive federal database containing streaming data on every American's personal financial records.

PG 59: The federal government accesses your bank accounts for mandatory funds transfers.

PG 65, Sec 164: Creates special, federally-subsidized coverage for Unions and "Community Organizing" groups.

PG 84 Sec 203 HC bill - Dictates the benefits packages of all private health insurance plans.

PG 85, Line 7: Limits what private insurers can offer (rationed care)....

Pg 95, Lines 8-18: The mandatory use of ACORN and Americorps for signing up Americans to government insurance.

PG 85, Line 7: Imposes more limits on coverage (rationing).

PG 102, Lines 12-18: Mandates Medicare for all who fit criteria (removes all choice).

PG 124, Lines 24-25: Bans companies from suing the federal government, bans the entire judicial system from hearing any cases on the legitimacy of this blatantly unconstitutional socialist health care takeover (no judicial review allowed whatsoever).

PG 127, Lines 1-16: Instructs doctors/AMA on what salaries they are allowed to make.

PG 145, Line 15-17: Requires all employers to enroll all new employees in the government system (no choice whatsoever).

PG 126, Lines 22-25: Requires employers to independently provide insurance for part-time workers, whether they can afford it or not (no choice).

PG 149, Lines 16-24: Imposes an 8% payroll tax penalty for any employer (making over $400k) who fails to force his employees onto government insurance....

PG 167, Lines 18-23: Imposes 2.5% income tax penalty on any privately-insured individual who fails to get "adequate" private insurance.

PG 170, Lines 1-3: Stipulates that all non-resident aliens pay nothing (we foot the bill).

PG 195: Federal officers will have full access to every citizen's most private records....

Pg 241, Line 6-8: Mandates that all doctors be paid the same, regardless of specialty.

PG 253, Line 10-18: Imposes federally-determined price tag for the worth of every doctor's time and services.

PG 265, Sec 1131: Imposes controls on productivity for private health care companies....

PG 272, Sec. 1145: Cancer treatment rationing.

PG 280, Sec 1151: Imposes penalties and fines on private hospitals for "preventable" visits.

PG 298, Lines 9-11: Imposes penalties and fines on private hospitals for readmissions after initial treatment (fix it on the first try or suffer the consequences)....

PG 321, Line 2-13: Pretends to give hospitals the choice to go fully-federal, but only if local "community" groups (ACORN) approve.

PG 335, Line 16-25, Pg 336-339: Imposes more rationing of services.

PG 341, Lines 3-9: Creates the federal power to arbitrarily disqualify HMOs, forcing people onto government care at random.

PG 354, Sec 1177 - Rationing of care for special needs people.

PG 379, Sec 1191: Creates new Telehealth bureaucracy (nanny state health care by phone).

PG 425, Lines 4-12: Creates mandatory end of life consultation.

PG 425, Lines 17-19: Mandatory government instruction and consultation on living wills, durable power of attorney, etc.

PG 429, Lines 10-12: Empowers the federal government to order end-of-life plans through something called, "advanced care consultation."...

PG 430, Lines 11-15: Puts the federal government in complete control of what care you receive at the end of your life

 

 

 

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The health care mob is not the health care providers or the insurance industry. It is those who abuse their health, and expect others to pay for their treatment, regardless of the cost.  

Do not think the European countries have good health care systems. They are either experiencing cost over run, or rationing. It's basic math. We cannot meet unlimited demand with our limited resourced.

Why does the US health care cost so much more than other countries? Because we have the employer provided health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. I have worked for the same company for 30 years, but have never been sick. I have seen my colleagues abuse their health and demand the most expensive drugs and treatment the insurance company allows, because the copay is so small and the premium is the same regardless of the claims. This is called a moral hazard. An insurance must charge premiums based on risk factors. Otherwise, it is an entitlement program. 

Yes. There are people who are unlucky. And there are those with sick genes. But it is not my job to remedy God's unfairness. I have my born shortcomings too. But I am not demanding public's money to compensate me for those. Life is not fair. We do our best with whatever we are given.

The only way to fix our health care problem is to control the cost. The only way to control the cost is letting people spend their own money.  Yes. We will still need health care. But if the employers convert the health care benefit into wages, and let the employees shop around for their own health insurance, everyone will be much much more careful about his own health.

We should decide how much we want to spend on health care. I know many will say sky is the limit (after brutally abuse their own health). As long as they spend their own moeny, it is fine with me. I myself would put a cap on my health care spending. If I had an illness which threatens to wipe out my life-long savings, I probably will spend a few month with my husband traveling around the world, then let death take me away. 

I am 60 already. I don't expect to live forever. I must say, however, that living past 90 years' age is my family's tradition, just like a healthy life style. The only exception is my brother, who smokes, has a bad diet and never exercises. At 48, he is obese, and already had a stroke.

You can consider everything a basic right: food, housing, education, financial security, unlimited access to health care. But if the public runs out of money, all your talk is empty. No matter what plan we have. If it promises unlimited reimbursement, it will not remain solvent. Medicare and Medicaid are fine examples.

Thank you for the valuable insight regarding the truth behind HR 3200!

How dare you!You haven't a clue about how hard it is to become a doctor.  The huge financial & personal investment, years of sacrifice!  Once you pass the boards than you are on call 24/7 till retirement unless you are in a group practice--but being a self-centered socialist you wouldn't know anything about sacrifice for others!  Do you think people work for free?  Doctor's staff don't, their supplies,rent,utilities...aren't free either.  But I guess you work for free, right?Being a doctor is a HARD life--you must love people to do it. It has a huge toll on their and their families lives.  One doctor told me his life sucks but at least his wife and kids have a great life-so it is worth it to him-plus he loves his patients! Not all doctors are rich-try looking at the explanation of benefits from your insurance company.  My poor chiropractor only got to keep $15 of his fee. He eventually lost his practice and now teaches. You know if you have an ipod, tv, laptop, go to movies, concerts, eat out--than YOU can pay for your healthcare. IT'S CALLED PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!!!!County hospitals provide  freehealthcare to the poor, other hospitals by law can't turn people away, and more people file bankruptcy because of lifestyle than medical bills--and they can turn around a buy a house that is beyond their means the next day. 

Just think:

As you pay your ridiculously high insurance premiums this month, a good chunk of that money is being spent to lobby Congress to make sure your premiums stay high, your care stays low and if you lose your job, you lose your coverage. In essence, you are funding lobbying to ruin your own financial, physical, and political health.

Who do you think takes care of the foreign dignitaries when they need major healthcare? Our highly trained doctors and their staff, that's who.  yes, our healthcare is expensive; but, I'm not going to take my children or parents to Europe or Mexico for healthcare; don't trust them; futhermore, can't afford it.  If you can't afford some health insurance for your family, get a second or third job.  Hey, just get rid of the boat, the second car or whatever else is eating up your dollars.  I have excellent doctors; I paid for my insurance by working for the State of Texas.  I am totally disabled; should my healthcare be determined by someone who is not qualified to make that decision?  I foresee tons of homeless people if House Bill 3200 goes into effect, due to higher taxes. Did you forget your history lesson; our country was being taxed to death back when the "Boston Tea Party" occurred.  Democracy was born.  Now how our doctors live and spend their money is their business, just as it is my business how I live.  You have broken a 10-commandent ruling; thou shall not covet another persons wife or property. Not exactly the right quote; however, it makes its point. Now back to  House Bill 3200; suppose your child suffers from a disease, either affecting their mental status or their physical well being; do you want some nameless individual or government office telling you what you can do or if there is nothing available for your child?  What are you going to do; sit back and wait or take action?

The battle about the public option seems misplaced.  The liberals are foolish to waist political clout for what could be easier in Reform V2.0.  Conservatives feeling victorious in stopping the public option have achieved no victory at all.  They have embraced fascism while declaring victory over socialism.  Both the fascist and the socialist solutions will drive up health care costs.

Health insurance costs will increase due to the single storefront (The Exchange) and strict control of plans sold through that storefront.  This will happen with or without the public option.  Price is driven down by the existence of multiple storefronts that interface with the consumers to figure out what best fulfills the consumer’s needs.  

The liberals have gone wrong by expending so much political clout fighting for the public option.  Their best strategy would be to warn the American people of the impeding price increases and make them believe it will be because of the lack of the public option.  When prices indeed increase (due to a single storefront), they can drive through the public option with broader public support in a vitriolic chorus of “see, we told you so.”   

The Republicans have gone wrong in this debate is by embracing fascism because it isn’t socialism.  It is still an increase in government control and it will still result in increased prices and increased deficits.  

There are so many valid principles to defeat HR3200.  Republicans should focus on those and reject anything that increases the size of government or increases spending.

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