Dems are desperately rushing healthcare legislation most of them haven’t even read. A bulletin from Red State said, “House Democrats have cut a deal on healthcare reform with the Blue Dog Democrats. They meet this afternoon to mark up their bill and rush it through the House of Representatives.”
Every time I hear the term ‘Blue Dog’ I do two things: cringe and admire. I cringe because you cannot be a Democrat and be a true conservative. I admire because the branding is brilliant—the big government-loving Democratic Party garners independent votes by claiming a conservative coalition. It’s rather like cheesecake leering from your dessert plate promising you cholesterol is actually good for you.
Crenshaw said in a recent news release: "There are clear problems with the system the way it is—health care in this country is on an unsustainable fiscal path. But any change is not necessarily good change—certainly not change that increases cost, hurts small businesses, and decreases access. With a plan that will affect every American, rich or poor, Congress needs to take the time to get it right. Only the Republican plan gets to the heart of the health care crisis by slashing costs through competition and increasing access through choice and transparency."
This plan does you no favors. The public health insurance option sets geographically adjusted premium rates—who gets to decide the criteria? How will this impact quality of care? The government also gets to have records of all your personal information, seeking to “reduce racial, ethnic, and other disparities in health and health care.” What, exactly does that mean and how do you address it? The bill also penalizes employers, based on a percentage of their gross payroll, if they don't provide insurance. Congratulations, Washington! You just gave employers another incentive to hold salaries down.
The bill levies a tax on you if you don’t obtain “acceptable healthcare coverage.” By the way, "illegal aliens" are exempt from that tax.
The Congressional Budget Office blog has details on the costs--best scenario is a $65 billion net increase in the deficit by 2019. That's if all goes well, and we know it won't.
I plucked these examples at random. The bill is long. But you can go to the government database and read it for yourself. Just put HR 3200 into the search engine query field.
Medicare and Medicaid are fiscal failures. This bill expands the failure rate by permitting the federal government to further intrude on your treasure and your freedom. Reform is needed, but this bill isn't reform. It's a mishmash of politics and government acquisition.
Go read the bill yourself. It’s a whacko mix of misguided policy and lunacy. It has occurred to me we have majority leaders in Washington who are simply not up to the task at hand.
If you want a good healthcare policy, let consumers have direct input in crafting it. Because either way, we’re the folks who will pay the tab in the end, not just for ourselves but for others, both the deserving and the worthless.
We’ll publish a list of every member of Congress voting yes on HR 3200. That way you can vote them out at the first available opportunity.
Healthcare Legislation Alert: Ask your representative to oppose HR 3200
by Kay B. Day
The US Report, Jul. 29, 2009
Related Article: American Thinker
It's a bit tedious because of the necessary detail, but you must read Do doctors really support a public plan option by Steven Goldfien MD at The American Thinker. Goldfien explains the method for doctor reimbursement.
I've talked with a number of people in the medical community recently, and this essay pegs the problem. I've repeatedly said the whole problem with medicine is government. A simple tax break for those in certain brackets, coupled with delivery of welfare services to those at or below the poverty level would work across the board for a private market. The government should shut down every federal healthcare delivery service, set regulations for the private market to ensure gouging does not occur, and get out of the charity business except for welfare for the truly needy. We need medical reform, and it should start with Medicaid and Medicare. Tort reform is also needed. Those are just for starters.
Read the good doctor's essay.