Still Think Obama’s Health Care Plan Will Work?

Interesting news this morning from the Morning Bell.  According to analysts at The Heritage Foundation, not only will Obamacare not do what its proponents say it will, it will actually do things that its proponents say it won’t.  Read the whole blog post – follow the links, if you think they’re making this up or trying to use scare tactics to prevent the government from “helping” people.  Here’s a bullet-point list of the items identified:

  • Costs go up, rather than down.
  • Millions of Americans will lose their existing private coverage.
  • 18 million Americans will either face jail time or be forced to pay a new tax they will receive no benefit from.
  • 8.5 million seniors who currently get such services as coor¬dinated care for chronic conditions, routine eye and hearing examinations, and preventive-care services would lose their existing private coverage.
  • More than half the people who gain health insurance will receive it through the welfare program Medicaid.
  • Medicare cuts in the House bill are so out of touch with reality that hospitals currently serving Medicare patients might be forced to stop doing so, thus making it much more difficult for seniors to get health care.
  • The 21 million people who are gaining health insurance through Medicaid are going to have a very tough time finding a doctor who will treat them.

This is all straight from the bill itself; it isn’t some made-up ploy to prevent people from getting access to health care. 

What is even more troubling is the response from those who supported the House version of the bill – in my area, it’s Representative Bart Stupak from Michigan – who come right out and say that they don’t care if people don’t want this; they know better than we do about what is best for everyone in this country, and they’re going to do what they want to do, regardless of what we say. 

I am appalled at that type of response from people who hold a public trust, but maybe that’s just me.

[Maybe it’s time to return to this – it couldn’t hurt and it might actually help.  What do you think?]

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4 Responses to Still Think Obama’s Health Care Plan Will Work?

  1. DM says:

    I want the contract w/ america (that last link on your post) passed by both branches and on the president’s desk before Christmas- signed. There is no good reason it shouldn’t be.

  2. lawyerchik1 says:

    DM: I agree – except that with the current make up of the Congress, I doubt that it will happen. That is the only reason that it wouldn’t be done, but it is absolutely the first thing that should be done once we get the votes to do it. Then, the issue should be making sure that any candidates for subsequent election to the legislature are evaluated on the basis of their compliance.

  3. Once again, I am very grateful to myself for my own foresight (which some of those around me labeled as paranoia). NONE of our insurance – health, life, or dental depends on any employer who can just ‘stop offering it’. As long as no policies lapse due to nonpayment of premiums, they all remain in force. They can’t lapse. Payments are automatic from a separate designated account that has many restrictions and limitations on it to protect from theft.

  4. lawyerchik1 says:

    EH: Sounds like you were right to trust your own instincts. Good job!! The one thing I wonder about individual insurance policies is whether there will be any effect on premiums as a result of this legislation – if it is actually enacted. Still, it sounds like an independent individual policy is going to be the way to go.

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