Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Will Obama wipe out on health care?
Looks like Obama is having some trouble having his pet health care program passed.
Here are some bits and pieces of the bill I caught on the comment thread here.

• Page 341: Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMOs, etc.
• Page 354: Government will restrict enrollment of SPECIAL NEEDS individuals.
• Page 379: More bureaucracy: Telehealth Advisory Committee (healthcare by phone).
• Page 425: More bureaucracy: Advance Care Planning Consult: Senior Citizens, assisted suicide, euthanasia?
• Page 425: Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. Mandatory. Appears to lock in estate taxes ahead of time.
• Page 425: Goverment provides approved list of end-of-life resources, guiding you in death.
• Page 427: Government mandates program that orders end-of-life treatment; government dictates how your life ends.
• Page 429: Advance Care Planning Consult will be used to dictate treatment as patient's health deteriorates. This can include an ORDER for end-of-life plans. An ORDER from the GOVERNMENT.
• Page 430: Government will decide what level of treatments you may have at end-of-life.
• Page 469: Community-based Home Medical Services: more payoffs for ACORN.
• Page 472: Payments to Community-based organizations: more payoffs for ACORN.
• Page 489: Government will cover marriage and family therapy. Government intervenes in your marriage.
• Page 494: Government will cover mental health services: defining, creating and rationing those services.
• Page 149: Any employer with a payroll of $400K or more, who does not offer the public option, pays an 8% tax on payroll
• Page 150: Any employer with a payroll of $250K-400K or more, who does not offer the public option, pays a 2 to 6% tax on payroll
• Page 167: Any individual who doesnt' have acceptable healthcare (according to the government) will be taxed 2.5% of income.
• Page 170: Any NON-RESIDENT alien is exempt from individual taxes (Americans will pay for them).
• Page 195: Officers and employees of Government Healthcare Bureaucracy will have access to ALL American financial and personal records.
• Page 203: "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax." Yes, it really says that.
• Page 239: Bill will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors and the poor most affected.
• Page 241: Doctors: no matter what speciality you have, you'll all be paid the same (thanks, AMA!)
• Page 253: Government sets value of doctors' time, their professional judgment, etc.
• Page 265: Government mandates and controls productivity for private healthcare industries.
• Page 268: Government regulates rental and purchase of power-driven wheelchairs.
• Page 272: Cancer patients: welcome to the wonderful world of rationing!
• Page 280: Hospitals will be penalized for what the government deems preventable re-admissions.
• Page 298: Doctors: if you treat a patient during an initial admission that results in a readmission, you will be penalized by the government.
• Page 317: Doctors: you are now prohibited for owning and investing in healthcare companies!
• Page 318: Prohibition on hospital expansion. Hospitals cannot expand without government approval.
• Page 321: Hospital expansion hinges on "community" input: in other words, yet another payoff for ACORN.
Page 335: Government mandates establishment of outcome-based measures: i.e., rationing.

full text here.

Note: I highlighted some provisions above that really appears astounding. It seems the bill is sending a blunt message to elderly citizens to essentially "drop dead".
Of course there is also the killer question: Will ObamaCare use taxpayer money to fund abortions?

Meanwhile, President Obama steps up the theatrics, or rather, the rhetorics:

“Let me be clear: if we do not control these costs, we will not be able to control our deficit. If we do not reform health care. . . 14,000 Americans will continue to lose their health insurance every single day. These are the stakes of the debate we’re having right now.”.


"I have also pledged that health insurance reform will not add to our deficit over the next decade, and I mean it."


"Going to the moon was controversial. But at some point, if we're going to move this country forward we can't be afraid to change, especially a system that we know is broken. We've got to get it done and we've got to get it done soon."

Wow! (insert thunderous applause here). 1,018 pages of the bill reduced to nice sounding, oh so compassionate, feel good-and-great sound bites. The way Obama speaks, he sounds like he is still trumpeting on the campaign trail. If it’s so simple and no-brainer convincing, why isn't Congress and the general American public rushing to support the bill?

Well, here's a FACT CHECK from AP which says:
"Obama's Health Care Principles Somewhat At Odds With The Details In Front Of Him"



petrufied said...

what the?! is this for real? D:

WillyJ said...

Astounding, but definitely for real.
Obama calls it "health care reform".