Proof of the Provision Making Private Medical Insurance Illegal
by Larry Perrault on August 7, 2009 at 9:32 AM
The healthcare bill before Congress forbids enrollment in a private health insurance plan on or after the day the law takes effect. Obama has harped on the line that, “If you want to keep your existing plan, you can.” I try to credit him with foolishness and not accuse him of disingenuousness, that is, if I can imagine that another explanation is even possible. But, I’m sorry: I’m not an idiot. You can keep your plan. But, your plan may not be able to keep you.
How long can your healthcare plan really keep you if insurance companies can no longer expand their business as members die and drop out? And, how can these plans compete with a taxpayer subsidized plan that will hugely undercut their costs?
As an Investors Business Daily article observes, a non-partisan group had predicted even before this restriction was made plain that 120 million could lose their private coverage and be forced into the government plan if a "public option" plan enters the market. And that’s in the relative short term. Shortly, EVERY private option would be chased from the market by the taxpayer subsidized government system and ALL, except probably government officials, would be subject to bureaucratic rationing of and waiting on medical care; resulting in extended suffering for most and unnecessary death for some.
It took just 16 pages of reading the healthcare bill to find this naked attempt by the political powers to increase their reach. It's scary to think how many more breaches of liberty we'll come across in the final in the remaining 1,002 pages of the document. Under the Orwellian header of "Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage," the "Limitation On New Enrollment" section of the bill clearly states: "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."
So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised — with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won't be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.
That should be enough to scotch it for most Americans. But, there’s more. Obama also has repeated the line that an option of government competition is necessary to reduce costs. Now, that makes no sense to begin with. How do you increase those covered and ease medical visits (since it’s covered and no one is limiting your visits) and discourage entry into the medical field by limiting potential and reduced costs?
In the last few days, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has said that not only would the plan not reduce costs, it would increase them. It’s nothing but what was expected- Obama and the Democratic Congressional leadership are proving themselves to be just lying…(insert your favorite noun of moral deficiency). Oh, yes, and as our economy further weakens, Americans taxpayers will be paying for others' abortions.
In the 80’s, after Margaret Thatcher had been a conservative Prime Minister in socialist Britain, she said that her biggest regret was that she was been unable to repeal national healthcare. Despite waiting lists, rationing of care, and higher rates of death from many illnesses, it’s diffucult to take back an entitlement, once established.