Making Your Option to Purchase Private Insurance Illegal
Journalists didn’t get more than 16 pages into 1000+ page House Democrat “Health Care for all Americans” bill before they discovered a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal.
Congress: It didn’t take long to run into an “uh-oh” moment when reading the House’s “health care for all Americans” bill. Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal.
When we first saw the paragraph Tuesday, just after the 1,018-page document was released, we thought we surely must be misreading it. So we sought help from the House Ways and Means Committee.
It turns out we were right: The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. 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. — (Src. Investors Business Daily)
Still think these lying bums in Congress have your best interests in mind? They don’t have the decency to call themselves anti-capitalist leftist radicals, even though they act the part every day.
Steve Chapman of the Chicago Tribune put it into perspective, calling the public option a scam:
Some statements are inherently unbelievable. Such as: “I am an official of the government of Nigeria, and I would like to deposit $60 million in your bank account.” Or: “I’m Barry Bonds, and I thought it was flaxseed oil.” And this new one: “I’m Barack Obama, and I favor more competition in health insurance.”
The New York Post also took a look and the findings are exactly what critics have been warning they would be; only worse:
It’s full steam ahead for ObamaCare — the radical health-care “reform” pack age that Congressional Democrats are trying to steamroll to passage by the end of the summer. And now America is beginning to learn how much it will cost — and who’ll pay the tab.
* How much? Somewhere between $600 billion and $1.5 trillion, depending on whether the Senate or House version ultimately is adopted.
* Who pays? You. In cash, for sure — and maybe with your job, too.
Indeed, an analysis by the watchdog Tax Foundation shows that the top combined federal and state income-tax rate in 39 states would exceed 50 percent under the House version.
For New York state taxpayers, the top rate would hit 56.92 percent, third-highest in the nation. And in the five boroughs, the top rate would be 58.68 per cent — highest in the nation.
Having abandoned any notion of lightening the load with spending cuts, House Democrats have put forward a 1,000-plus-page proposal dripping with new taxes, surcharges and fees.
The biggest losers? Small businesses — companies with as few as five employees, who’ll have to pay a penalty of up to 8 percent of income unless they provide their workers with health insurance.
Now, these are the same businesses the administration thinks will hire workers laid off during the recession. But why would they do that if Washington effectively imposes a hiring tax?
Michelle Malkin urges pressure on the blue dogs that may be vulnerable to making deals:
Your calls to members of Congress and your hometown protests can and have made a difference. Look:
Pelosi cut deal after deal with individual lawmakers to squeak the bill out of committee and to the floor. Then lawmakers flew home and had to battle criticism from voters at the same time Republicans were saying Democrats passed an “energy tax.”
“They went home and got beat up about energy,” said a senior aide to a Blue Dog lawmaker. “Now you’re going to jam healthcare down their throat and send them home for a month?”
Buck up the Blue Dogs with a phone call – Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121:
Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.)
Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.)
Baron Hill (D-Ind.)
Jim Matheson (D-Utah)
Charlie Melancon (D-La.)
Mike Ross (D-Ark.)
Zack Space (D-Ohio)
This is something that can’t wait until Democrats take away your choice. A change this big can’t be undone sometime later down the line, by then it will be too late. Once socialist Democrats dismantle the health care industry there won’t be any “back” to turn to. This is a disaster and Democrats should be held accountable. Help the Blue Dogs get a voice in their own party. Support them in their efforts to fight off the radical agenda of their colleagues and put American interests first.
Tell them in no uncertain terms: KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY HEALTH CARE!