The national health care debate is boiling over with many Americans in an uproar over the prospect that their health care choices will be soon be limited by their federal government. Even some of the language being used by government proponents such as health care v. health insurance is misleading as all Americans have access to the former, though not everyone has access to the latter. Interchanging words is misleading and fuels the distrust that many of our fellow Americans have over what Congress and the president are attempting to force on the populace.
The House Takes A Break
Because various versions of the bill are being debated and congressional committees are routinely adding, subtracting or amending what is in the bill, I doubt that there are many people who understand exactly what is being proposed. Fortunately, members of the House of Representatives are now on summer break and won’t be back in action until September 8th (with the Senate joining them this Friday). This will make for a very good opportunity for Americans to show up at townhall meetings in August to voice their opinions though I’m sure that many House members will find a way to avoid facing their angry constituents if they can.
This past weekend, members of Obama’s team fanned out to speak on the Sunday talk shows with Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, leading the charge where he stated that new taxes on the middle class were a possibility.
“I think that what the country needs to do is understand we’re going to have to do what it takes,” said Secretary Geithner when asked if he could rule out raising taxes on Americans earning less that $250 thousand a year, while simultaneously trying to cut the deficit. “We’re going to do what’s necessary.”
The Obama administration backed off from Geithner’s comments on Monday stating, “The president has made a very clear commitment to not raise taxes on middle-class families,” clarified White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. With Congress trying to shove health care “reform” through and with even a hint of their taxes being increased, Americans remain doubtful that the White House is being honest with them.
Fed Care Squeezes Out Private Care
But it was House Minority Leader John Boehner’s comments from last week which didn’t reported by the mainstream media that has a lot of people talking. CNSNews reported that Boehner sees that private health care will be allowed to die over time:
“I think it’s pretty clear that the government-run program that they want is going to eventually crowd out the private sector, and secondly, in their bill it says that after five years, you can’t go out and buy a health insurance policy on your own,” Boehner said.
“You have to go to one of their government exchanges to buy a plan that was designed by the government,” he added. “So it’s pretty clear that we’re going to have a big government-run system that will eventually drive out the private sector plans we have today.”
Even though I’ve heard “2013″ as the year when the new plan kicks in, if it passes Congress and is signed into law by the president this fall, then by next Spring I think we’ll already see a much different health insurance landscape in play. Specifically, knowing that they’ll eventually be forced out of business, insurance companies will probably not take new customers and begin to wind down their businesses, necessitating that the federal government step in with their own insurance.
No Choice Five Years Out
Government insurance will be cheaper than what the private carriers can offer, but as Boehner noted, you won’t have a choice after five years anyway. You’ll have to sign on with a federally crafted plan which I believe by that time will completely replace private insurance altogether.
And with a plan costing one trillion dollars up front and trillions of dollars more down the line, the federal government will impose strict guidelines on the “care” that you will receive in a bid to control costs. That means cancer patients, the elderly, and anyone else who doesn’t fit into the government’s ‘wellness’ criteria will soon learn that ObamaCare is a plan that has truly been hatched in hell.
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