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July 16, 2009
ObamaCare Bans Private Insurance
There's a reason Democrats try to ram their massive bills through quickly before anyone can read them. Look what someone found in the upcoming ObamaCare legislation:
It didn't take long to run into an "uh-oh" moment when reading the House's "health care for all Americans" bill. Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal.
When we first saw the paragraph Tuesday, just after the 1,018-page document was released, we thought we surely must be misreading it. So we sought help from the House Ways and Means Committee.
It turns out we were right: The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of "Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage," the "Limitation On New Enrollment" section of the bill clearly states:
"Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.
So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised — with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won't be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.
Similarly, you can have Christian churches under Islamic law. You just can't repair them or build any new ones.
Government health insurance would eventually destroy free market insurance anyway. What private company could hold out against a competitor that gets to write all the rules, and that doesn't have to be profitable, because it has an endless supply of other people's (and other generations') money? But our socialist rulers are anything but patient.
Hat tip: The Blogprof.
Posted by Van Helsing at July 16, 2009 9:41 AM
If Obamacare is so great, why is it not good enough for members of congress?
Posted by: Jeffery Wright at July 16, 2009 9:45 AM
centrist dems will block this bill - CALL/WRITE YOUR REPS AND SENATORS! TODAY AND OFTEN! WE CAN STOP THIS!
Posted by: nancz at July 16, 2009 9:52 AM
Even as it imposes mandates on business, ObamaCare will exempt government workers and union workers.
If this plan is so great, why not make it mandatory for all government employees?
Posted by: V the K at July 16, 2009 10:19 AM
One more time ladies and germs how do you spell releif? I.M.P.E.A.C.H.M.E.N.T.
Posted by: SPURWING PLOVER at July 16, 2009 12:01 PM
SO MANY LIARS, SO LITTLE TIME:
BarackObama.com "Guarantee choice, including a public option." http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/hcreform?source=OM_LB_google_HC-search_O-search&gclid=CK2P6OOB25sCFQIxxgodg2qCZw
Chuckie Schumer - "A public plan, according to Schumer, does not get rid of private insurance, but keeps them honest and offers consumers more choice." http://www.post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/533937.html?nav=5018
Politifact.com - "McConnell is incorrect — the Democratic plan does not intend to do away with private insurance." http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/may/19/mitch-mcconnell/some-private-health-insurance-can-surviv/
AARP - Obama campaign adviser Neera Tanden said the Obama plan is "based on a simple principle of choice."If you have health insurance and like it, nothing changes. If you don't have it, or are underinsured, you will have a range of options." http://bulletin.aarp.org/yourhealth/policy/articles/obamas_healthcare_plan_offers_private_public_options.html
Posted by: GhostofJournalism at July 16, 2009 1:17 PM
Basically, anyone carrying private insurance for a family with children, will be forced onto the public plan when they need a new plan that doesn't cover their adult children. Of course those children won't have any choice but the public plan since private insurance will not be able to sell new plans, only maintain, i.e. "grandfather", existing plans.
Posted by: Henry at July 16, 2009 1:44 PM
We're screwed in an outhouse.
Posted by: Scaramouche at July 16, 2009 2:16 PM
Liberals? We told you about this and you called us liers and paranoid. What do you say now?
Posted by: KHarn at July 16, 2009 4:09 PM
"If you already have health care through your employer, and your happy with it, you don't have to change doctors, you don't have to change plans, nothing changes."
-Barack Hussein Obama
Posted by: Anonymous at July 16, 2009 5:28 PM
I thought it was month away, but it looks likes it's just about time.
Obama et al had better pray to the god of stupid braying donkeys that more actual Americans don't lose their jobs in the very near future. As it is, being employed is the only thing keeping a few hundred million people from completely losing it. "Well, I'd love to string up some of those mouth-breathing assholes in D.C., but, gotta pay the bills. Off to work."
Tar and feathers will be wishful thinking for the 545 useless pieces of flesh holding this country hostage when the shit hits the fan.
I'm a broken record on this point, but prepare prepare prepare. Have at least six months of staples stored away properly. Handguns are good but shotguns are better and long rifles are supreme. You do not have enough ammunition; get some more. Know where you can bug out to. Know who your friends are. Not people you like to drink with; people you'd trust to look after your back and would do the same for.
Posted by: cowlove at July 16, 2009 7:15 PM
If you actually believe that charade about keeping your own plan, then I've got some great US Treasury Bonds to sell you. How can you keep your plan if your employer can't afford to offer you that plan anymore, due to meddling from the Federal Government? Of course, with fewer doctors willing to serve in a Gov't run plan that will curtail their profits as their workload increases, rationing of care will be the rule of the day.
Sen. Judd Gregg wrote a great piece on how the ObamaCare plan will not only cost the US more, it will reduce care to those who need it most: the poor.
Posted by: The MaryHunter at July 17, 2009 6:27 AM
OBAMACARE is leaving FLU-BIRD feeling mighty sick COUGH COUGH KKKAAAHHHAAACCCKKKK sorry for the bird barf SQUAWK SQUAWK SQUAWK
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