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Private HealthCare…. OUTLAWED! in Obama’s Healthcare Legislation

July 16, 2009

Obama as Hitler


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.

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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.

From the beginning, opponents of the public option plan have warned that if the government gets into the business of offering subsidized health insurance coverage, the private insurance market will wither. Drawn by a public option that will be 30% to 40% cheaper than their current premiums because taxpayers will be funding it, employers will gladly scrap their private plans and go with Washington’s coverage.

The nonpartisan Lewin Group estimated in April that 120 million or more Americans could lose their group coverage at work and end up in such a program. That would leave private carriers with 50 million or fewer customers. This could cause the market to, as Lewin Vice President John Sheils put it, “fizzle out altogether.”

What wasn’t known until now is that the bill itself will kill the market for private individual coverage by not letting any new policies be written after the public option becomes law.

The legislation is also likely to finish off health savings accounts, a goal that Democrats have had for years. They want to crush that alternative because nothing gives individuals more control over their medical care, and the government less, than HSAs.

With HSAs out of the way, a key obstacle to the left’s expansion of the welfare state will be removed.

The public option won’t be an option for many, but rather a mandate for buying government care. A free people should be outraged at this advance of soft tyranny.

Washington does not have the constitutional or moral authority to outlaw private markets in which parties voluntarily participate. It shouldn’t be killing business opportunities, or limiting choices, or legislating major changes in Americans’ lives.

It took just 16 pages of reading to find this naked attempt by the political powers to increase their reach. It’s scary to think how many more breaches of liberty we’ll come across in the final 1,002.

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  1. Brian Boru permalink
    August 21, 2009 5:21 pm

    Currently 40 million people in the U.S. are not covered by a health care plan. How can The United States claim that everyone has the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” if a population the size of Canada can’t get afford to get help if they are sick or dying?

  2. August 24, 2009 2:37 am

    Obama made a huge error in the way he presented Health Care to the public. He didn’t present and sell his vision of Health Care because he never HAD a plan. He thought it would be easy to model his plan after Deval Patric’s MA-Health Care Plan. Unfortunately, the Congressional Budget Office called the MA-Heath Care Plan a failure because after 10yrs the Plan is hopelessly bankrupt. Instead, he allowed others, namely the House of Representatives, Lobbyists and Health Insurers to write what they wanted as a Health Care Bill for Americans.
    It stinks!

    To add insult to injury, he cut a private deal with Big Pharma behind closed doors of an $80 Billion dollar discount over the next 10 years. Eighty Billion dollars is a mere pittance to pharmaceuticals companies when their advertising budget runs over $150million a yr. reaping huge profits. What he should have done is leverage the buying power of the People against Insurers and Pharma… He didn’t he SOLD us out for pennies because he’d rather NOT have his campaign donation quota take a hit!

    During the campaign, Obama promised negotiations with Health Insurers and Pharmaceutical Companies would be open and transparent on CNN.

    People are sick and tired of dealing with his lying and broken promises. The Public has LOST faith and confidence in Obama because he LIES with ease. Accountability for his actions is something that doesn’t exist in his vocabulary or his conscience. What he says is NOT what he does. He is a hopeless sociopath.

    Get used to it- Obama is just another politician taking care of himself first and worrying about People later.

    Too Bad you didn’t know Obama will LIE, CHEAT and STEAL to get what he wants. And when he get’s it; he doesn’t know what to do with it! Too bad Obama thought he could fake it until he makes it… He didn’t understand what is expected of him in the job he applied for. He was elected to work for us not himself. No one wanted a president who couldn’t deliver. But thats what we got… a BIG FAT ZERO!


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