Thursday, July 30, 2009

ObamaCare Free? Think Again.

Please, allow me to share some very important truths with you that will affect you, me, that guy in the next cubicle, the old lady wearing too much perfume in the Kroger check-out line, EVERYONE.

“Congress's chief budget analyst delivered a devastating assessment yesterday of the health care proposals drafted by congressional Democrats,” the Washington Post reported Friday, but of the broadcast network evening newscasts on Thursday only ABC's World News related how, as Jake Tapper put it, “the President's case was dealt a blow today” when CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf warned the health plans will require massive additional spending.

Noting “House Democrats would impose a surtax of up to 5.4 percent on top wage earners,” Tapper relayed how the Tax Foundation determined it “would push top tax rates to over 50 percent in most of the country. That has moderate House Democrats concerned.” Tapper pointed out that “if the President signed the House bill into law, which he has not ruled out, he would be breaking this campaign promise.” (italics mine) Viewers then saw a clip of Obama from last September: “Everyone in America, everyone, will pay lower taxes than they paid in the 1990s under Bill Clinton.”
From Media Research Center

Here is a look at what health care reform should look like:

“Government-controlled health care brings with it long waiting lines … government bureaucrats determining what care you can and cannot receive and a virtual end to medical innovation and discovery,” Palmisano added.

Palmisano said that the reforms the system needed were for patients to trim their health care purchases, make insurance companies more responsive to consumers, and extend coverage to the uninsured without disrupting the widely popular private system.

“We can improve the insurance system by making individuals prune purchases of their own insurance, insurance companies more responsive to the patients’ needs, [and] we can close the gap on the uninsured without disrupting the entire medical system by encouraging health savings accounts, tax credits for health expenditure, and vouchers to purchase medical coverage for those who need financial assistance.”

“Let’s put the patient in control, with the doctor as trusted adviser,” he said. “Let’s not lose the liberty that is our right as Americans.”
From CNS News

I'd hate to get cancer and then have to wait in line to find out what type of care the government thinks I should get...what if they think I'm to costly to treat? what if I'm 80 years old and the government decides that I'm too old to treat? Think this is far fetched? Think again. It happens every day in Great Britain and in Canada.

Don't believe me? Check out this story from the New York Times:

I have a friend here in Texas who is from the UK (she moved here about 2 years ago). Here's what she had to say about the New York Times article linked above:

"I read this and it devastating an example of one case of many back in the UK some of my friends/rels have been affected by this sort of upset. Depending on which 'shire' you live the system can be A BIG MESS.. a long line of months of waiting for sometimes major things and cases not very well comminicated. All down to red tape! those lucky few who can afford to pay to go private do, but as you see is very very costly!!!"

Here's another nugget to chew on:

Members of Congress are real close to passing the ObamaCare health plan. But here is the rub: While you and your family will be forced to accept ObamaCare, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WILL NOT!!!!

"Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) offered an amendment in the Ways & Means Committee that would have required Members of Congress to enroll immediately in the government-run health plan that would be established under the Democratic bill. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) offered an amendment to put his committee on the record in support of enrolling Members of Congress in the government-run plan as well. While the Wilson amendment was approved by voice vote in the Education & Labor Committee, the Heller amendment was killed in the Ways & Means Committee at the behest of Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Rangel."

From House Republican Leader John Boehner

Mr. President, I agree that health care should be made available for all Americans. However, let the people decide on who should care for them and let the real experts, the doctors, decide what type of treatment is needed and deny care to no one. Do not require doctors to perform abortions or euthanasia if it goes against their conscience or religious beliefs. Do not allow government-run health care wait times exceed the average wait times in private plans. If this bill is passed, then you, your family and members of the house and congress should use the same health care that you are imposing on the American people. Now that is fair and balanced.

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