The plan is to allow states the opportunity to opt out of the highly controversial “public option” which creates a government run insurance industry.
Wow, imagine that, Democrats seemingly offering choices for states rather than ride roughshod over state rights and mandate them to participate in unconstitutional federal programs. But is it really a choice?
Just to be clear, taxes will pay for governmet insurance. As such, even though the “opt opt clause might sound innocent, what happens in states that do opt out of government run insurance? Do the citizens of those states that do not participate in the program have their federal taxes lowered? Since they will not be part of the government insurance program, will their taxes not be used for the program? The answer is no? So in other words, what Democrat Senators are saying is, you don’t have to be in the program but you will still pay into it. That’s like going window shopping and having the salesperson come out and tell you that you don’t have to buy the clothing that you’re looking at, but you still have to pay for it. Is that sane? Does it make any sense? It does to Democrats who are anything but democratic.
The same situation applies to the set of statements that Democrats make when they told us that no one citizen will be forced to give up their insurance and be forced to take government run insurance. Yeah, they may not have been forced to take the government program. May, not have. But they will be forced to pay into it regardless of whether they participate in it or not.
Thankfully Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine, the lone Republican to vote the Baucus healthcare bill out of the Senate Finance Committee, has stated that by including the public option, even with an opt out clause for states, it will preclude her from supporting it when it comes before the full senate for a full vote. According to Snowe, a woman who is far from conservative and barely a Republican, she feels that the insurance funded by the mandatory flow of tax dollars will give government run insurance an “inordinate advantage” over private insurers and quite possibly put them all out of business. Such a turn of events will leave government the sole source of financial resources for healthcare. This is the same government that can operate the U.S. Postal Service without losing money every year that it operates. This is the same federal government that puts Barney Frank and Chris Dodd in charge of banks, tax cheats in charge of the U.S. Treasury and criminal tax evaders like Charlie Rangel in charge of writing the tax code.
Do you really want them deciding how and if your insurance should pay for a particular healthcare procedure that you need but they feel you could wait for ? Do you really think that they can be trusted with the money that is suppose to be used to finance your health care needs?
On this, Olympia Snowe is right.
And so is independent Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut who caucuses with Democrats and is one of the sixty senators they were counting on to pass their nationalized healthcare bill. Lieberman states that he does not believe that this is the time for the federal government to get involved in new business ventures.
Seeing as how in just nine months, President Obama has tripled our national debt and shrunk the growth of the private sector and the private sector jobs that they create, I do not believe that President Obama and his liberal board of directors in Congress should be trusted to run a new business and certainly not to make decisions regarding our health care benefits. No bank would lend money to a crew like Obama, Pelosi and Reid. They are big spenders with absolutely no collateral who would not exactly qualify for a loan to finance a start up business and the American people don‘t either.
Do you really want higher taxes that finance a government insurance program that has a patronage filled bureaucracy determining what treatment the federal health insurance program will cover and not cover for you? Do you really want a politician like former Kansas Governor and now secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius to determine that it is too early for you to have that mammogram that you want? Do you really bureaucrats like her to decide that if you do get it, your government health insurance won’t cover it?
Thankfully some of the supporters that Senator Reid was counting on to insure smooth passage of his health reform measures are pulling away from him. Reid hoped that people like Lieberman and Snowe would help avoid a filibuster of the liberal proposal to create nationalized healthcare and government run health care and insurance. Now, with the pretend opt out clause for government insurance being placed in a final version of the bill, Senators like Olympia Snowe and Joe Lieberman are making it clear that they might assist Republicans in successfully filibustering the Democrat health scam to death.
If you really want to make changes that hold down the costs of healthcare and health insurance and allow more people to obtain and keep insurance, than do so. Create more competition by allowing people to take advantage of out of state insurers. Strengthen portability so that people can continue to carry the same insurer from job to job and state to state. And also get a handle on the overly litigious society which we live in by adopting tort reforms. Lawsuits for outrageously high damage claims create a climate that forces physicians to not participate in the geographical areas of the country that do not have caps on damages. Regions without such caps find themselves lacking doctors who are willing to care for high-risk patients or to conduct high-risk procedures. As for the few who are willing to take on such responsibilities, their liability insurance is so expensive that it must be passed on to all their patient regardless of their risk level or the procedures they require. In doing so, the expense becomes so great that is often to much to afford.
Unless Congress is willing to first tackle the obvious need for tort reform, portability and interstate insurers, all else that they are currently doing is meaningless. In fact it is more than meaningless, it is reckless and dangerous.
A nation that can’t run a postal service without losing money should not be running an insurance a bureaucratic insurance company. Next thing you know, President Obama will be selling us used cars, Charlie Rangel will be selling us tax shelters and Chris Dodd will be hawking high interest home mortgages. If we don’t trust politicians when it comes to politics, why on earth would we trust them to sell us insurance?
Wake up America! This is the government that had people wait on lines, in vain, for flu shots that never materialized, prompting Health and Human Services Secretary Sibelius to beg people to “come back” another day.
Sick people should not be dispensing health care and believe me, these Democrats are sick people.