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Obamacare: HR 3200 - What it really says and what it really will do


web posted August 17, 2009
EDITORIAL – As the August recess of Congressional members’ Town Hall meetings become more and more turbulent, Democrat members are calling those who oppose HR 3200, ‘‘America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009”, Nazi’s, Brown Shirts, Un-American, Right-Wing Extremists, and yes, even racist. The Obama Administration says the outpouring of public anger is not representative of the public at large. Furthermore, President Obama and the Democrats try to deflect members of the public as being “uninformed” while it is they - the supposed “authors" of the Bill - who admit repeatedly to having not read the bill. Dr. John Davis Lewis and others have and what they found should scare every single American like nothing before.

According to a review of portions of the Bill, Dr. Lewis has discovered the things President Obama and the Democrats have been attacking as “lies”, distortions”, “misleading”, and as “not being in the Bill” are actually true and in the Bill those pushing the plan have not read, admittedly.

Dr. Lewis states in his introduction to the review, “We may answer one question up front: How will the government will pay for all this? Higher taxes, more borrowing, printing money, cutting payments, or rationing services—there are no other options.  We will all pay for this, enrolled in the government “option” or not.”

On Rationing Healthcare: The Bill clearly states that readmission to a hospital will be decided by the Secretary and the government, whose decision is not reviewable by administration of judicial means. The government will use “statistics” not individual situations of the patient as deemed necessary by your, or if passed, their doctor as an “applicable [medical] condition.”  Pages 284-288, SEC. 1151 and 317-318. There can be no judicial review of decisions made here. The Secretary is above the courts.

Those who “opt out” of the government run healthcare will pay a tax, above and beyond the cost of their private insurance, for not being a part of the government run healthcare plan. A tax (estimated at $2,500 per insured) for not relinquishing your freedom on healthcare choices each year you refuse to do so. The Bill does not make having your own insurance illegal necessarily; however it taxes you for making a choice contrary to the will of the federal government. It does make it illegal to choose the type of insurance you will be allowed to buy.

Those who choose to “pay as you go” for routine medical checkups, minor illnesses and injuries, and have insurance to cover “catastrophic” conditions, will have to cancel their insurance and Health Savings Accounts because such insurance and accounts will be outlawed. According to the Bill, if you lose your current insurance you are forced into the “government option” without a choice. 

To further destroy the private insurance companies, Dr. Lewis shows how small businesses—with say 8-10 employees—will either have to provide insurance to federal standards, or pay an 8% payroll tax. “Business costs for health care are higher than this, especially considering administrative costs. Any competitive business that tries to stay with a private plan will face a payroll disadvantage against competitors who go with the government “option.” The pressure for business owners to terminate the private plans will be enormous. With employers ending plans, millions of Americans will lose their private coverage, and fewer companies will offer it. The Commissioner (meaning, always, the bureaucrats) will determine whether a particular network of physicians, hospitals and insurance is acceptable. With private insurance starved, many people enrolled in the government “option” will have no place else to go.”

The government will also become involved in “counseling” before and after the birth of your children to make sure they are raised properly.  The bill says that the government agents, the "well-trained and competent staff," will "provide parents with knowledge of age-appropriate child development in cognitive language, social, emotional and motor domains … modeling, consulting, and coaching on parenting practices, skills to interact with their child to enhance age-appropriate development."

Section 440 and Section 1904 of the House bill (page 838) under the heading: "Home visitation programs for families with young children and families expecting children," which would provide (via grants to states) for home visitation programs to educate parents on child behavior and parenting skills.

Become educated on what is in the HR 3200 Bill and not what Congressional members, newscasters, pundits, or even President Obama claims is or is not in the Bill. Information is power.

Most protesters have read the Bill and as the information becomes more widely known the more Americans will resist socialized Obamacare.





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