AUG
5
2009

Has Anyone Bothered to Read the Healthcare Bill?!

It’s always fascinating how many people will waste hours upon hours arguing for something such as the national healthcare plan without having bothered to spend 5 minutes reading even one page of the actual bill. Of course, when people don’t even care when their own politicians admit that it’s too much trouble to actually take the time to try and understand it, perhaps people deserve what’s coming to them. According to democrat John Conyers of Michigan, “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?” This guy is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

And have you ever noticed that those who endorse higher taxes never seem to be the ones who bother to actually pay them? Consider the odd case of democrat Charlie Rangel, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. He’s leading the charge for a new 5.4% income tax surcharge and recently called it “the moral thing to do.” Ironically, this comes from a politician who has more blatant outstanding tax evasion issues — 6 investigations so far and counting! — than our Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner himself. From violating rent-control rules to hiding rental income to tax evasion, one wonders how Rangel has any time to do perform his duties of serving the people…  Serving them with more crappy bills and exorbitant taxes that is.

So, for anyone set on the terrific merits of the ObamaCare healthcare bill, let me help you out with some specific points and details directly from the bill, page numbers included. Mind you, these are just a few of my favorite points from the bill (as compiled by Peter Fleckenstein):

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  • PG 24 Line 116 Government effectively sets prices for ALL private health plans.
  • PG 30 Line 123 THERE WILL BE A Government COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get.
  • PG 42 The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HealthCare Benefits for you. You have no choice!
  • PG 50 Line 152 HealthCare will be provided to ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise.
  • PG 58 Government will have real-time access to individuals’ finances & a National ID HealthCare Card will be issued!
  • PG 59 Line 21-24 Government will have direct access to your banks accounts for electronic funds transfer! (Where’d this come from?!!!)
  • PG 61 Line 22-24 Congress has no clue what Electronic Medical Records will cost. Asks for estimate.
  • PG 62 Protection of Data, Government shows they will have database of your personal & financial info.
  • PG 85 Line 7 Specs for of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Government will ration your HealthCare!  AARP members – your Health care Will be rationed.
  • PG 98 Line 8 Americans – You will be paying for others HealthCare while paying for your own.
  • PG 102 Line 12-18 Medicaid Eligible Individual will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice.
  • PG 110 Line 7-12 Employment taxes on ALL employers NOT offering Government HealthCare. No choice.
  • PG 110 Line 13-18 An excise tax on ALL goods from companies not offering Government HealthCare. ALL Americans pay.
  • PG 121 Line 223 PAYMENT RATES FOR ITEMS AND SERVICES. Can you say Government price fixing & monopoly?
  • PG 124 Line 24-25 No company can sue Government on price fixing. No “judicial review” against Government Monopoly.
  • PG 126 Line 10-15 The Government can make up prices for anything at anytime for any reason.
  • PG 126 Line 22-25 Employers MUST pay for HealthCare for part time employees AND their families.
  • PG 127 Line 1-16 Doctors: The Government will tell YOU what you can make.
  • PG 145 Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE.
  • PG 149 Line 16-24 ANY Employer with payroll 400k & above who does not provide public option pays 8% tax on all payroll.
  • PG 150 Line 9-13 Biz with payroll btw 251k & 400k who doesn’t provide public option pays 2-6% tax on all payroll.
  • PG 151 Line 1-3 Aggregate Rules-tax on employers payroll not on public option include payroll of other biz.
  • PG 167 Line 18-23 ANY individual who doesn’t have acceptable HealthCare according to Government will be taxed 2.5% of income.
  • PG 170 Line 1-3 Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay)
  • PG 195 Officers & employees of HealthCare Administration (Government) will have access to ALL Americans financial/personal records.
  • PG 198 Line 1-3 1.5% ADDITIONAL TAX on peeps who have income of 500k to 1mil. Redistribution of Wealth.
  • PG 198 Line 4-6 5.4% ADDITIONAL TAX on peeps who have income of $1mil+. Redistribution of Wealth
  • PG 201 Line 12-19 Government will ignore whatever costs they see fit to show savings. (Cooking the books)
  • PG 203 Line 14-15 “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax” Yes, it says that.
  • PG 202-215 is a Government rewrite of the tax code ensuring more taxes for EVERYONE, Everywhere.
  • PG 239 Line 14-24 Government will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected.
  • PG 241 Line 6-8 Doctors, doesn’t matter what specialty you have, you’ll all be paid the same.
  • PG 272 Line 1145 TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients – welcome to rationing!
  • PG 276 Line 3-20 Oxygen Equipment & Supply Companies – Government MANDATES you will provide supplies NO MATTER where individual is.
  • PG 287 Line 14-25 PROOF that Government will ration HealthCare by mandating waiting periods for readmission.
  • PG 298 Line 9-11 Doctors, treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission – Government will penalize you.
  • PG 354 Line 1177 Government will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people!
  • PG 355-369 Line 1181 Government disguises tax on Drug Companies as rebate to Government to subsidize Drugs. We pay in the end.
  • PG 379 Line 1191 Government creates more bureaucracy – Telehealth Advisory Committee. Can you say HealthCare by phone?
  • PG 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Government provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death.
  • PG 427 Lines 15-24 Government mandates program for orders for end of life. The Government has a say in how your life ends.
  • PG 429 Lines 1-9 An “advance care planning consultant” will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates.
  • PG 429 Lines 10-12 “advance care consultation” may include an ORDER for end of life plans. AN ORDER from Government.
  • PG 429 Lines 13-25 The Government will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order. Logan’s Run anyone?
  • PG 430 Lines 11-15 The Government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life.
  • PG 432 Lines 18-21 The Government will publish “quality measures” for individual’s end of life in Federal Register.
  • PG 660-671 Doctors in Residency – Government will tell you where your residency will be, thus where you’ll live.
  • PG 676-686 Government will regulate hospitals in EVERY aspect of residency programs, including teaching hospitals.
  • PG 686-700 Increased Funding to Fight Waste, Fraud, and Abuse. LMAO!! You mean the Government with an $18 mil website?
  • PG 801 Sec 1751 The Government will decide which Health care conditions will be paid. Say RATION!
  • Pg 810 SEC. 1759. Billing Agents, clearinghouses, etc. required to register. Government takes over private payment system.
  • Pg 838-840 Government will design & implement Home Visitation Program for families with young kids & families expecting kids.
  • PG 844-845 ! This Home Visitation Program includes Government coming into your house & telling you how to parent!!!
  • PG 915 SEC. 2251. Government MANDATES Cultural & linguistic competency training for HealthCare professionals.
  • Pg 932 The Government will establish Preventative & Wellness Trust fund – intial cost of $30,800,000,000-Billion.
  • PG 935 21-22 Government will identify specific goals & objectives for prevention & wellness activities. Control You!!
  • PG 936 Government will develop “Healthy People & National Public Health Performance Standards” Tell me what to eat?
  • PG 1001 The Government will establish a National Medical Device Registry. Will you be tracked?

Not surprisingly, the one point that is clearly missing from this bill is the mandate requiring that all politicians give up their dreamy all-encompassing healthcare packages. The politicians say they don’t want to increase spending to pay for the bill, and getting rid of their own premium healthcare program could help at least a little bit toward that goal. Forcing them into the same program could save billions, not to mention force them to deal with the same healthcare rationing and other issues everyone else will face (assuming they don’t pull strings to receive special treatment – yeah right). Regardless, I look forward to all the clever answers ObamaCare supporters will come up with to convince deluded hapless followers into believing they are too old to deserve a new kidney, or that they should be taxed more because their current healthcare package is not acceptable by the government’s standard. At least it seems that unions such as ACORN will likely make out very well with this bill. Any have any idea what that’s all about?! Pass me the pork!

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Obama’s Speech (with Sub-Text):Let me be clear: If you like your current plan, you’ll be able to keep it. (we can’t be sued for price-fixing or being anti-competitive anyway!) We will build on our current system, so we can give you the freedom to choose what works best for you and your family. (worst case, if we don’t like it, we’ll increase your taxes until you join a plan we think is appropriate, which will also force them to change their plan or go bankrupt!) If you like your doctor, keep your doctor. (he’ll be forced to comply and accept all our conditions and prices anyway, regardless of how much money s/he’s spent on training and education!) If you like your current plan, keep your current plan. (as long as our lobbyists find it “acceptable” to their our standards) If you don’t, or if you don’t have one, then get one that works for you. (or else face an even greater tax penalty than the extra taxes you’ll already be paying if you don’t!)“.

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  • Payroll servicing can be tricky and hard to do if you arent an expert, often it wouldnt hurt debating some other possibilities.

  • bendwyer:

    terrific video of Rep. Tom Price admonishing government takeover
    of healthcare in front of the house. he reams the bill and oddly
    enough the points he brings up all seem to be listed in this
    article. here’s the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD_YOlUBoIk

    guess that’s why the bill supporters have people like dave
    trolling around to try and throw support its way.

  • dave:

    i have read the lines you referenced in this post and the interpretation by the author concerning these lines is sketchy at best. The link to read the actual bill is http://docs.house.gov/edlabor/AAHCA-BillText-071409

    Read it line by line with his references and you will see about 80% of this post is complete B.S. with the other twenty just being ridiculous interpretations. I support this bill, however there are several valid concerns that opponents could argue. There is no need to fabricate a bunch of crap.

    • jon rackman:

      It’s really interesting that you say a bunch of the points are just “ridiculous interpretations”. Besides the point there should be NO ROOM for interpretation on ANY bill, saying everything is just B.S. is just a good bit of propaganda for supporting the bill especially since I cross-checked many of the key points listed and there are many valid points shown here. Who do you work for anyway? Nancy Pelosi? Sounds like her kind of tactics you’re using here. And by the way, if you want to include your own link to the actual text of the bill, try using the one shown in the “Related Links” section that actually works.

  • [...] It’s always fascinating how many people will waste hours upon hours arguing for something such as the national healthcare plan without having bothered to spend 5 minutes reading even one page of the actual bill. …Continue Reading… [...]

  • buddhabelly:

    wow, i hear what you’re saying! glad that someone took time to read that bill and thanks for sharing it. although, i stopped reading midway. guess i’m atypically american or something like that. cheers, bud.

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