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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Look At Some Items In The Socialized Medicine Bill (HR3200)

Anyone who has been going around saying that HR3200 is not socialized medicine legislation is either an outright liar or incredibly ignorant. Or, they simply have not read the text of HR3200.

I happen to have a link to the text of the bill right here:

America's Affordable Health Choices Act Of 2009 (Requires Adobe Reader)

America's Affordable Health Choices Act Of 2009 (Text version)

The following items can be found by looking up page and line numbers in the pdf file from the first link. Go ahead and look through it. You will not believe some of the stuff you will be reading:

Pg 22 MANDATES the Govt will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!

Pg 30 Sec 123 - THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get.

Pg 29 Lines 4-16 - YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!! You can only get so much "care" per year.

Pg 42 - The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC Benefits for you. You have no choice!

Pg 50 Section 152 - HC will be provided to ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise.

Pg 58 - Govt will have real-time access to individuals finances & a National ID Healthcard will be issued!

Pg 59 Lines 21-24 - Govt will have direct access to your bank accounts for elective funds transfer.

Pg 65 Sec 164 - Payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions & community orgs (ACORN).

Pg 72 Lines 8-14 - Govt is creating an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Govt control.

Pg 84 Sec 203 - Govt mandates ALL benefit pkgs for private HC plans in the Exchange.

Pg 85 Line 7 - Specs for Benefit Levels for Plans = The Govt will ration your Healthcare!

Pg 91 Lines 4-7 - Govt mandates linguistic appropriate services. Example - Translation for illegal aliens.

Pg 95 Lines 8-18 - The Govt will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps to sign up individually for Govt HC plan.

Pg 85 Line 7 - Specs of Benefit Levels for Plans. #AARP members - your Health care WILL be rationed.

Pg 102 Lines 12-18 - Medicaid Eligible Indiv. will be automat.enrolled in Medicaid. No choice.

Pg 124 Lines 24-25 - No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No "judicial review" against Govt Monopoly.

Pg 127 Lines 1-16 - Doctors/AMA - The Govt will tell YOU what you can make.

Pg 145 Line 15-17 - An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public opt plan. NO CHOICE.

Pg 126 Lines 22-25 - Employers MUST pay for HC for part time employees AND their families.

Pg 149 Lines 16-24 - ANY Employer with payroll of 400k & above who does not provide public option pays 8% tax on all payroll.

Pg 150 Lines 9-13 - Businesses with payroll between 251k & 400k who doesn't provide public option pays 2-6% tax on all payroll.

Pg 167 Lines 18-23 - ANY individual who doesnt have acceptable HC accrding to Govt will be taxed 2.5%.

Pg 170 Lines 1-3 - Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (You and I will pay for them.)

Pg 195 - Officers & employees of HC Admin (GOVT) will have access to ALL Americans' financial/personal records.

Pg 203 Line 14-15 - "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax" Yes, it says that.

Pg 239 Line 14-24 - Govt will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor will be very affected.

Pg 241 Line 6-8 - Doctors, doesn't matter what specialty you have, you'll all be paid the same.

Pg 253 Line 10-18 - Govt sets value of Doctor's time, professional judgments, etc. Literally value of humans.

Pg 265 Sec 1131 - Govt mandates & controls productivity for private HC industries.

Pg 268 Sec 1141 - Fed Govt regulates rental & purchase of power driven wheelchairs.

Pg 272 Sec 1145 - TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS - Cancer patients. Welcome to rationing!

Pg 280 Sec 1151 - The Govt will penalize hospitals for what Govt deems preventable readmissions.

Pg 317 Lines 13-20 - PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Govt tells Doctors what/how much they can own.

Pg 317-318 Lines 21-25,1-3 - PROHIBITION on expansion - Govt is mandating hospitals cannot expand.

Pg 321 Lines 2-13 - Hospitals have option to apply for exception BUT community input required. Can you say ACORN?!!

Pg 335 Lines 16-25 Pg 336-339 - Govt mandates estab. of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing.

Pg 341 Lines 3-9 - Govt has authority to disqualify Medicare Adv Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing all into Govt HC plan.

Pg 354 Sec 1177 - Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs.

Pg 379 Sec 1191 - Govt creates more bureaucracy - Telehealth Advisory Committee. Can you say HC by phone?

PG 425 Lines 4-12 - Govt mandates Advance Care Planning Consult. Think Senior Citizens end of life. Seniors will be interviewed every year for health issues and decisions made as to what care they can or can't receive

Pg 425 Lines 17-19 - Govt will instruct & consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney. Mandatory!

Pg 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 - Govt provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death.

Pg 427 Lines 15-24 - Govt mandates program for orders for end of life. The Govt has a say in how your life ends.

Pg 428, 429 Lines 17-25, 1-9 - An "advanced care planning consult" will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates.

Pg 429 Lines 10-12 - "Advanced care planning consultation" may include an ORDER for end of life plans. An ORDER from the government.

Pg 429 Lines 13-25 - The govt will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.

Pg 430 Lines 11-15 - The Govt will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life.

Pg 469 - Community Based Home Medical Services = Non profit orgs. Hello, ACORN Medical Services here!!?

Pg 472 Lines 14-17 - PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORG. 1 monthly payment to a community-based org. Like ACORN?

Pg 489 - Sec 1308 The Govt will cover Marriage & Family therapy. Which means they will insert Govt into your marriage.

Pg 494-498 - Govt will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services.

I'm sure there are other outrages yet to be found in this abomination.

Are we ready to wake up yet?

This bill is a national disaster waiting to happen! Obama, Pelosi and Reid must think we are really stupid.

UPDATE: I guess someone out there is going to have to report me to the Obama White House. Although, given that I have provided links to the text of the socialized medicine bill, you cannot say that I am spreading any untruths or making anything up.

The email is: flag@whitehouse.gov

Let's see. FISA is bad ... but reporting people who exercise their First Amendment rights is good?

Good luck!

1 comment:

J. Tyler Ballance said...

Yes, the Democrats are right about the need for health care reform, but this bill is a turkey. However, the sky is not falling, nor are we on the march to Marxism. Our duly elected leaders are trying to fix a long neglected health care system.

BTW, the Republicans lost. The citizens voted for health care reform as part of the Obama platform. You may recall the Republican side offered no solutions then and to nobody's surprise are offering nothing but the status quo, now.

While this bill is not my favorite, I wonder why the Republican alternative is simply to continue to hand over billions of dollars to the insurance industry; you know the guys who have been rationing health care in the United States for decades.

My preferred alternative to this bill is the creation of a National Health Service, so we can fire the insurance crooks, once and for all. I disagree with Obama, in that I see no compelling reason to allow the insurance middle-men to continue to extort money from our citizens for no value-added to our health care system.

There is not enough space to go item by item here, but if you take a look at health care in other civilized countries, anyone who needs care, regardless of country of origin, gets treated. That is not too different from our emergency room policies here. If the bill is passed as it stands now, the principal change will mean that costs of treating non-payers and non citizens will no longer be hidden in hospital budgets (where the costs are already born by the rest of us) the cost will be part of the budget and tracked in the open; something that even xenophobes on the Right should prefer.

As for doctors, the Physicians for a National Health Program (16,000 members) claims to be a growing movement among providers, because the doctors like the freedom to provide care, once they are freed from a profit driven system. A physician who recently joined a federal health system, told me that he likes the fact that he has the option of working a shorter work week, has more time with patients and does not have to deal with insurance, billing and overhead issues that took too much of his time while playing the insurance providers' games.

During the summer break, citizens should talk to (not scream at) their Representatives about building a National Health Service and eliminating the stranglehold the insurance crooks have on our current health care providers.

Of course the current version of the bill does not go far enough to free us from the insurance oligopolies' tyranny. There are also some key civil libertarian issues, such as government access to your bank account and requiring a national I.D. card; neither of which are necessary if we have a National Health Service.

Millions of us view the creation of a National Health Service as a means to liberate the workers from the yoke of the insurance industry, so that workers and businesses can focus on what they do best; produce great products and services.

Although the health care issue is important, it is just a part of our governance challenge. We have just endured eight years of un-constitutional abuses of power during the Bush regime. First and foremost we must restore our civil liberties.

Whenever you meet an elected official, your first question should always be, 'What have you done to ENHANCE our liberty?"