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Scary House Version Of Government Run Health And Insurance Hits In Time For Halloween

Bookmark and Share   Nancy Pelosi’s House version of government-run health management, care and insurance has been released in a glorious, 1,990 page package which includes a 13-page bill that repeals the sustainable growth rate caps on Medicare spending.

nancy-pelosi-scaryPelosicare, which must be incorporated into Obamacare and Reidcare, costs more than $200 billion and provides no means to pay for it. This does not meet President Obama’s promised requirement that any reform, if not pay for itself, at least be funded through sustainable means that do not add to the deficit which he has tripled in under just nine months and promises to pile on to even more in the years ahead.

The closest this bill comes to funding methods is a section where it states “There are hereby appropriated, out of any moneys in the Treasury not appropriated to the Trust Fund, an amount equivalent to the amount of payments made from the Trust Fund”.

Huh?

Even more scary is Section 324 which states as follows;

“The Secretary may utilize innovative payment mechanisms and policies to determine payments for items and services under the public healthcare option”.

The bill actually gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services the power and authority to use “innovative” methods for payments dealing with government-run health management care and insurance. Wasn’t the use of creative financial activity already a bit too problematic without making it an instutionalized tool of government?   Especially in the case of an almost 2,000 page bill that Congress has demonstrated they will not read? Bernie Madoff used “creative” financing too, ya know.  It was called ponzi scheme.

With instructions on how the government will implement an “Income Verification Process” on Americans and how employers and employees must deal with healthcare, the bill outlines the creation of excise taxes for failures “to meet healthcare coverage requirements, uses a variation of the word “private” 103 times, “tax” 207 times, “penalty “110” times, and “mandate” and the “phrase “opt out” 5 times each. In a strange twist, the Pelosi version of government-run health care and insurance uses the word “shall” almost more than the bible, a book that liberals consider to be blasphemous when it comes to government. As one of the bill’s most used words, “shall”, as in you “shall” do this and you “shall” do that is used for a total of 3, 425 times. That means there are 3,425 “shalls” that Democrats use for mandating one procedure and requirement or another on the American people.

This bill is so comprehensive, (I write with tongue in cheek), that it designates $283 million in spending for federal grants for veterinary students. Imagine that, with 1 trillion dollars of debt, an unfunded creation of government-run plan for health care and insurance actually invests in veterinarians. I guess government healthcare will soon allow vets to offer their services on human beings. This might be wise considering how this bill will create longs lines in hospital waiting rooms and force many out of a field that is already seeing severe shortages of providers and caregivers. Have a broken leg? Let the government financed veterinarian diagnose you. You’ll be shot and set to the glue factory but hey, at least you won’t burden the overloaded government care facilities.

healthcare27All in all, it took Nancy Pelosi and the legion of liberal leaders in the Democrat controlled House of Representatives, 1,990 pages to state, that the government will adopt unfunded systems of mandates that you and I will have to pay for one way or another.   The bill also promises to  pry into every aspect of our lives in order to create a government system of health care management and insurance that will sicken our economy and pollute health care in America with a bureaucratic mess that will largely be governed and funded through the incorporation of “innovative” mechanisms instituted by an  unelected, unaccountable Secretary of Health and Human Services.

While Pelosicare does all this and gives all this power to unelected bureaucrats, her bill does nothing regarding tort reforms and portability. Two areas of reforms essential in holding down costs and insuring continuous health coverage.

These are just some initial discoveries and as they say, the devil is in the details and in each of the 1,990 pages in this bill, there are plentyof  devils…I mean details. But perhaps what may even be more disturbing is what is not mentioned in the bill. That which is not mentioned will be at the discretion of the new health and insurance bureaucracy that the final healthcare bill will ultimately create

Review the full bill through the link below and make good use of the search engine at the bottom right hand of the application box that will appear. This will allow you to quickly find references in the bill to that which may be of particular of interest or concern to you:

House HCR Bill

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Those Who Refuse To Buy Mandatory Obamacare Face Fines And Prison

Bookmark and Share    Does the Constitution allow for the government to mandate that one purchase health JCT Letter To Senator John Ensigninsurance?

That is a question which may eventually make its way to the Supreme Court of the United States for as the debate on how to make sure that all Americans have access to affordable health care rages on the debate on whether or not the government can force people to buy into it has really yet to begin. But one thing is for sure, the heavy hand of government that is exercised in current government run health management and care reform measures is so heavy handed that clearly neither our Constitution or our nation’s founding principle of freedom are being considered. 

Case in point. Republican Senator John Ensign asked the Joint Committee on Taxation’s chief of staff, for the committee’s assessment of taxes and penalties relating to pending health care reform legislation. He received a handwritten response from the JCT’s Chief of Staff Tom Barthold, as seen in the above photo, that read as follows:

Dear Senator Ensign;

Section 7203 provides that if there is a willful failure to file, pay, maintain appropriate records and the like that the taxpayer may be charged with a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 25,000 and not more than 1 year in jail.

Sincerely;

Thomas A. Barthold

Felony tax evasion provides for restitution and fine for up to 100,00.00 for an individual and up to five years in jail.

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I once brought up the fact that what must worry people even more than what Democrats put in health management and care reform legislation is what they don’t put in the bill. This reference was made in regards to the question about whether or not illegal immigrants would be eligible to participate in any government run healthcare program. Before that question was raised, excluding illegal immigrants was not mentioned.

In this case, the Democrat’s constitutionally questionable health insurance mandates would bring into play, the aspects of other existing laws which are not addressed in the existing health care legislation. Those aspects include steep fines and even the specter of imprisonment that could be imposed on anyone who fails to abide by any government mandate that seeks to force one to buy health insurance. 

A very large can of worms has been opened up here ladies and gentlemen. The rush to ram through unconstitutional legislation has ramifications far beyond those which have already been discussed. Will there be a proper discussion of these new facts before Democrats “go it alone” and pass a bill that will not improve healthcare in the United States but could seek to coerce people into buying insurance against their will through fines as much as $100,000.00 and imprisonment for as much as five years?

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A New Approach To The Healthcare Dilemma & A Warning From Ronald Reagan About Socialized Medicine

 
 
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On April 4th , of 1960, Time Magazine ran a story that began as follows:

u4PrezHealthCareBlog“Shaping up as one of 1960’s most incendiary political issues is the problem of providing adequate medical care for those who need it most and can afford it least: the 15 million U.S. citizens 65 and over. A variety of bills calling for federal medical subsidies to the aged is before both the Senate and House. By far the most popular and controversial of all has been introduced by Rhode Island’s Democratic Representative Aime Forand, 64. Last week the Forand bill was drawing more mail than any other bill of any kind before Congress.”

Fast forward almost 50 years, boost the numbers and change the names and the same opening paragraph can be written of the new universal healthcare legislation that was recently hammered out by the most liberal legislative leaders Congress has ever housed.

Under the orders of the President of the United States, Congress must hurry up and pass a universal healthcare package. Yet this is not an issue easily solved.

After winning reelection in 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt sent Congress a national health-care program of his own.

It failed.

On November 19th of 1945 President Harry Truman declared that he would protect Americans from the “economic fears” of illness and gave Congress a national healthcare bill of his own that increased federal aid for healthcare, health education and research for the medical profession; and it was to make health insurance and disability insurance compulsory.

Truman’s initiative had a mixed reception in the Democrat controlled Congress of the time and on the Republican side people like Senator Robert Taft of Ohio declared that Truman‘s proposal was “the most socialistic measure” that “this Congress has ever had before it”.

Truman’s national healthcare initiative failed.

Sixty four years later and here we are again but now what Truman called national healthcare is called universal healthcare and President Obama wants Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to rush a meaningful plan together before Congress takes their traditional summer recess.

This debate has gone on for over seven decades but Obama, Pelosi and Reid are going to hammer out the elusive solution together in the first seven months of the new President’s administration.

Why is he rushing?

Could it be that President Obama wants to ram some half-assed legislation through immediately because he fears that the newness of his tenure in office which affords him the good will and popularity may not be there a year and a half from now when mid-term elections take place and the effects of his leadership set in?

Is such a partisan rush responsible or rational? Is it sensible?

I am not suggesting that important issues get sat upon while Americans see health costs rise and feel increasingly insecure about the future of their current healthcare coverage. What I am suggesting is a careful, thoughtful, comprehensive and different approach be taken. I am offering an approach different from those which other Democrats in President Obama’s position have taken and failed at.

Perhaps a bipartisan approach can be attempted. And maybe, just maybe President Obama could try and initiate a plan that does not involve a government takeover and government run solution that overrules the founding principles of our democracy. We have had enough of that from him already.

A start would be understanding that one solution for all is not appropriate and that the federal government could and should allow states the regulatory and legislative flexibility that would enable and inspire them into action.

The Democrat leadership in Congress, under the direction of President Obama, needs to understand that the many regions and populations in America are so varied that their differing conditions warrant different approaches to the different needs of our divergent society. Another words, a federalist approach to healthcare will not work. Democrats may seek to insure healthcare for all but a one for all national policy will not suit the needs of all.

That is just one reason why the differing states should have the flexibility to formulate different systems, systems that best suit the needs of each state’s population.

Yet while there should not be another failed national attempt to make one policy fit all, one direct line does exist which can allow, as Dr. Henry J. Aaron of the Brookings institute puts it, federalism to “spur bipartisan action on the uninsured“.

Bipartisanship is the key to any enduring solution to reduce the number of American citizens lacking healthcare. Bipartisanship is the one component that every Democrat proposed, national healthcare, initiative from Roosevelt in 1938 to Hillary Clinton in 1994 lacked. Without bipartisanship only one approach is looked at and the pool of ideas is limited to one school of thought.

That limited scope of thinking will inevitably leave many stones unturned and lead to many failures as such a single minded policy is imposed on all the states’ people.

Arranging allowances and guidelines for state experimentation is the first area where bipartisanship can allow for a federalist approach on healthcare.

With federal legislative guidelines and financial support, state experimentation would produce a myriad of various solutions and in time the best solutions for each state will evolve into better and stronger healthcare availability options fore all states.

Dr. Stuart Butler, a devoted and learned expert on the issue contends that “ Congress could enact a policy toolbox of federal initiatives that states could include and federal funding to the states would be linked to success in reaching the goals.”

Another issue that collectively, all the parties that make up Congress can work together on when it comes to national action on healthcare, is portability.

Millions of Americans cannot keep their coverage when they change jobs and often they can not continue with the same coverage they have throughout their lives as changes in their lives occur. Federal action that would allow for the portability of health insurance would solve this problem and help to stabilize insurance markets, reduce costs and ultimately reduce the fluctuating number of uninsured in America.

Comprehensive immigration reform measures that secure our borders are yet another bipartisan effort that could inspire a federalist approach that will significantly help to lower healthcare costs.

If Democrats can understand that we are a sovereign nation with borders that mean something and realize that Republicans are not an anti-immigration party, maybe cooler heads could prevail and a secure border can be achieved.

As an “Open Arms-Secure Borders” Republican, I know that most in the G.O.P. understand the national and moral value of immigration and that we welcome immigrants. The difference is that unlike liberals we do not condone and promote illegal immigration. We do not wish to promulgate an underground society and culture of illegal immigrants who hide from the light of day and the law. If the left could grasp these facts perhaps they could embark on a bipartisan effort to secure our borders.

With secure borders the flow of the millions of illegal immigrants who overtax our already overburdened emergency healthcare services will be sharply reduced. Currently millions of undocumented, untraceable illegal immigrants find themselves in need of emergency health care and in the end, the costs for their medical attention is tacked on to the bill of every medical procedure that every American citizen undergoes.

These are but a few options to the one size fits all, socialist approach to healthcare that Democrats in the past and present have tried and are trying to inflict upon society.

Each time Democrats have attempted to take the lead on the issue of healthcare, they have refused to work along bipartisan lines. Roosevelt presented his own partisan plan, and so did other Democrats like Aime Forand and Hillary Clinton. History shows that these same partisan, socialist approaches have always failed. Now President Obama has asked Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to follow the same path that all of histories other failed federal healthcare initiatives took.

Pelosi and Reid are not discussing healthcare with their Republican counterparts. They are simply crafting a proposal together that will suit the desires of their major backers such as the N.E.A., C.W.A., AFL-CIO and UAW.

Left to their own partisan tendencies these liberal leaders are allowing an alphabet soup of special interests influence a national policy for all Americans. Facts are not the soul determining factor in their partisan proposal and neither is the Constitution of the United States. The one sided healthcare bill being thrown about in Congress today totally ignores the founding principles of our once and hopefully still great nation.

The current conduct and intentions of the liberal controlled federal government simply proves that history repeats itself.

So much so that the dated words of Time Magazine from 1960 can be applied to the contemporary plans of liberals in 2009. So much so that even the urgent warning about socialized medicine that Ronald Reagan gave 20 years before he became President still applies to approach to healthcare that Democrats are taking today.

Below is a video that I prepared which contains that warning. Look at it and listen to it.

Allow yourself to grasp the truth of his words and allow yourself to see how, in so many cases, America has already ignored Ronald Reagan’s warning. So much so, that I dare suggest that the degrees to which our nation has already adopted socialism would have The Gipper leading a second American revolution…..a revolution of restoration to life that Reagan warned we might someday be telling future generations all about as we describe how America once was when men where free.

 

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