You will obey 3

From Investor’s Business Daily:

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.

From the beginning, opponents of the public option plan have warned that if the government gets into the business of offering subsidized health insurance coverage, the private insurance market will wither. Drawn by a public option that will be 30% to 40% cheaper than their current premiums because taxpayers will be funding it, employers will gladly scrap their private plans and go with Washington’s coverage.

The nonpartisan Lewin Group estimated in April that 120 million or more Americans could lose their group coverage at work and end up in such a program. That would leave private carriers with 50 million or fewer customers. This could cause the market to, as Lewin Vice President John Sheils put it, “fizzle out altogether.”

What wasn’t known until now is that the bill itself will kill the market for private individual coverage by not letting any new policies be written after the public option becomes law.

The legislation is also likely to finish off health savings accounts, a goal that Democrats have had for years. They want to crush that alternative because nothing gives individuals more control over their medical care, and the government less, than HSAs.

With HSAs out of the way, a key obstacle to the left’s expansion of the welfare state will be removed.

The public option won’t be an option for many, but rather a mandate for buying government care. A free people should be outraged at this advance of soft tyranny.

Washington does not have the constitutional or moral authority to outlaw private markets in which parties voluntarily participate. It shouldn’t be killing business opportunities, or limiting choices, or legislating major changes in Americans’ lives.

It took just 16 pages of reading to find this naked attempt by the political powers to increase their reach. It’s scary to think how many more breaches of liberty we’ll come across in the final 1,002.

Posted under Commentary, Economics, Health, Socialism, United States by Jillian Becker on Thursday, July 16, 2009

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  • Who leaked the Democrats' secret agenda to you, Phil? They were keeping it for next year.
    My guess is – Rahm Emanuel. Right?

    • Phil

      Heh….you know I get in these “moods” sometimes,haha. Hey I forgot to add bicylces, skate boards, roller skates and mopeds to the transportation part,heh. And like Charlton Heston, “out of my cold dead hands” they'll have to rip my rifles from me. Number 10 I was thinking of the movie “Soilent Green” heh.

  • Phil

    “YOU WILL OBEY!!”
    As soon as this bill passes, the United States of America and it's Constitution now ceases to exist. It is now null and void and is to be replaced by “OUR” manifesto. You now no longer have any rights of “life, liberty or pursuit of happiness”, but instead you are now the property of the state and will serve the state's pleasure with all of your former worldly possessions, your loyalty, and your life.

    You former US citizens are now wards of our state and you will obey us by:

    1)Reporting immediately for incarceration and re-eduation to your local military or former police precinct. Failure to do so will result in execution.

    2) Relinquish any and all firearms you may have to us, whether registerd with former US laws or not. Failure to do so will result in your arrest and execution on the spot.

    3) Churches and any other form of religious devotion are now illegal. We are ordering them closed and anyone caught on the premises of any religious institution for worship will be executed on the spot. All religious books or other paraphenalia are now ordered to be turned into us for destruction. Anyone caught with this illegal contraband will be executed.

    4) You may NOT re-dress any grievance with any court since now your old court system is dissolved. We will grant you the “priveledge” to address any grievance with US which we will address as we see fit.

    5) Transportation vehicles such as automobiles are now ordered halted. You will also turn your vehicle into our authorities for disposal and/or re-assignment to those we see fit to utilize our vehicle permit program. Any persons needing to travel must obtain a permit by reporting to your local public transport authority. No one is now allowed to travel point to point unless permitted by the state. No exceptions. Illegal travelers caught without papers or a permit will be shot on site.

    6) Curfew is now 9pm nightly. Anyone caught outside their assigned quarters without a permit will be executed.

    7) Home ownership is now illegal. All dwellings whether former single family homes or apartment buildings or other such dwellings are now the property of the state. You will report to your nearest ministry of housing to be assigned your living quarters, which should be within walking distance of your new assigned employment.

    9) Employment for the state is required. You will report to your nearest local state employment office for state job re-assignment. At this facility you will be medically examined and we will make determinations about which job we feel you will qualify for. If we find that you are unfit and you're over 65 years of age, you will be a candidate for termination. Failure to report will result in a warrant by our state court for your arrest and possible execution.

    10) Health care is now being provided by the state. We will determine which medical procedures to allow to be done based upon age and general fitness. If you are over 65 years of age, we will determine if you qualify for any procedures or surgery or medication based on your fitness to work for the state. If you do not qualify, you are to consider it a priveledge and honor to give your life for the nourishment of the greater new society.

    Anybody want to make any additions?? heh.