Lefty Claims for the Latest, Greatest, Invisible, Still in Committee, Yet to be Inserted in the Shell Bill, Healthcare Highjack Bill
Pelosi’s gang have the greatest claims for this bill. They can promise the world, since nobody has yet seen the bill. It might as well be the chupacabra, because it’s just as easy to see. I also suspect the bill’s a killer, just like the NHS and the X-Files version of the chupacabra.
Can anybody tell me if I missed anything?
Supposedly this bill is totally awesome and we are idiotic chumps because it…
- Reduces the deficit;
It nearly breaks even by paying for 6 years of benefits with 10 years of increased taxes. And it only ends up 800 billion in the red after ten years. In the second ten years that means it will be 40% over budget. How exactly is that reducing the deficit? By the way, I plan to pay my full year’s taxes next year on only 6 months of my income. The IRS understands and agrees with Congress’s math, right?
- Cracks down on Medicare waste, fraud, and abuse;
Does this require a new law? Why in the world hasn’t the super genius Democrat Party-controlled congress already done this? Or was it because they like Medicare fraud?
- Provides historic tax credit for small businesses and individuals to purchase health insurance;
Small business already has a tax benefit for supplying healthcare. It might not be a temporary, targeted tax credit that doesn’t do a darn bit of good, but it is better because it is continuing rather than one-time-only.
- Allows consumers to shop for health insurance across state lines via multi-state compacts;
What else is involved in a ‘compact?’ Why not just repeal the states’ exemption from the interstate commerce clause when it comes to insurance? Force them to allow insurance to be sold in their markets without imposing onerous requirements. Let the consumer decide the coverage they want instead of some busybody insurance commissioner and the lobbyists who took the busybody insurance commissioner to lunch.
- Inaugurates medical malpractice reforms, (an area where the GOP failed to take any action when in charge of Congress for 12 years).
It imposes mediation. That is not malpractice reform. That just raises costs even faster than the ambulance chaser lawsuit lottery that already gives so much money to Democrat Party election slush funds.
Also they claim it will do these things immediately…
- Offer tax credits to small businesses to purchase coverage;
Temporary, targeted, based on the assumption that a one-time $3000 tax credit will convince companies to hire permanent $50K per year (unionized) employees. In other words, this is a fairy tale.
- Prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions for children in all new plans;
So if my kid breaks his leg I can buy insurance ten minutes later and the hospital will fix him up and charge it to my brand spanking new policy? What could go wrong with that?!
- Provide immediate access to insurance for uninsured Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition through a temporary high-risk pool;
This requires a 2700 page law plus a 2300 page reconciliation package? Are you insane?
- Prohibit dropping people from coverage when they get sick in all individual plans;
Sounds like it will raise insurance rates a LOT.
- Eliminate lifetime limits and restrictive annual limits on benefits in all plans;
Sounds like it will raise insurance rates a LOT.
- Require premium rebates to enrollees from insurers with high administrative expenditures and require public disclosure of the percent of premiums applied to overhead costs;
More regulation of insurance companies… Don’t added regulations just increase costs? Utility rate boards have done such a great job of keeping utility rates low… That was sarcasm in case you couldn’t tell.
- Ensure consumers have access to an effective internal and external appeals process to appeal new insurance plan decisions;
How do we appeal insurance plan decisions made by the government single-payer plans we will all get thrown into because of the fine and tax structure in the bill? By the way, the worst health insurance for denying claims is MEDICARE! What’s it going to be like after Obamacare forces everyone in the whole country onto Medicare and Medicaid?
- Require plans to cover an enrollee’s dependent children until age 26;
Let’s increase their parents’ costs some more. It’s not like we ever want kids to grow up and move the hell out, is it?
- Require new plans to cover preventive services and immunizations without cost-sharing;
Great. More stuff for free, encouraging people to use medical services wastefully. I plan to be tested for pregnancy at the Doc’s office monthly. I recommend all men do the same.
- Relief on the Donut Hole.
What in the world is a Donut Hole? Did you just make that word up? Why do I get the idea it isn’t something I would want to dunk in a cup of coffee?
Anybody with better answers?