28 July 2009

In the Details

A noted local doctor sent the following email noting some of the nastier elements of the House's version of the Stalinist State-Run Health Rationing Plan. OK, they don't actually call it that.

Here's the thing: this is just the current house version, it doesn't mean that all of these items will be in a bill that passes both houses. Furthermore, I would not subscribe to all of the political commentary or conclusions drawn. The reason I post this is that it serves to remind us why a 1000+ page bill that few have read doesn't need to be enacted in a two week time frame. This is serious government takeover.

Here are some things the bill includes:

The Economic Policy Journal points us to Peter Fleckstein, who twittered the contents of the House Socialized Medicine bill . Oh, what a treat your family is in for.

• Page 22: Mandates audits of all employers that self-insure.
• Page 29:
Admission: your health care will be rationed.
• Page 30: A government committee will decide what treatments and benefits you get (and, unlike with an insurer, there will be no appeals process)
• Page 42: The "Health Choices Commissioner" will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None.
• Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free healthcare services.
• Page 58: Every person will be issued a National ID Healthcard.
• Page 59: The federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer.
• Page 65: Taxpayers will subsidize all union retiree and community organizer health plans (read: SEIU, UAW and ACORN)
• Page 72: All private healthcare plans must conform to government rules to participate in a Healthcare Exchange.
• Page 84: All private healthcare plans must participate in the Healthcare Exchange (i.e.,
total government control of private plans)
• Page 91: Government mandates linguistic infrastructure for services; translation: illegal aliens
• Page 95: The Government will pay
ACORN and Americorps to sign up individuals for Government-run Health Care plan.
• Page 102: Those eligible for Medicaid will be automatically enrolled: you have no choice in the matter.
• Page 124: No company can sue the government for price-fixing.
No "judicial review" is permitted against the government monopoly. Put simply, private insurers will be crushed.
• Page 127: The AMA sold doctors out: the government will set wages.
• Page 145: An employer MUST auto-enroll employees into the government-run public plan. No alternatives.
• Page 126: Employers MUST pay healthcare bills for part-time employees AND their families.
• Page 149: Any employer with a payroll of $400K or more, who does not offer the public option, pays an
8% tax on payroll
• Page 150: Any employer with a payroll of $250K-400K or more, who does not offer the public option, pays a
2 to 6% tax on payroll
• Page 167: Any individual who doesnt' have acceptable healthcare
(according to the government) will be taxed 2.5% of income.
• Page 170: Any NON-RESIDENT alien is exempt from individual taxes (Americans will pay for them).
• Page 195: Officers and employees of Government Healthcare Bureaucracy will have access to ALL American financial and personal records.
• Page 203: "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax." Yes, it really says that.
• Page 239:
Bill will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors and the poor most affected.
• Page 241: Doctors: no matter what specialty you have, you'll all be paid the same (thanks, AMA!)
• Page 253: Government sets value of doctors' time, their professional judgment, etc.
• Page 265: Government mandates and controls productivity for private healthcare industries.
• Page 268: Government regulates rental and purchase of power-driven wheelchairs.
• Page 272:
Cancer patients: welcome to the wonderful world of rationing!
• Page 280: Hospitals will be penalized for what the government deems preventable re-admissions.
• Page 298: Doctors: if you treat a patient during an initial admission that results in a readmission, you will be penalized by the government.
• Page 317: Doctors: you are now prohibited from owning and investing in healthcare companies.
• Page 318: Prohibition on hospital expansion. Hospitals cannot expand without government approval.
• Page 321: Hospital expansion hinges on "community" input: in other words, yet another payoff for ACORN.
• Page 335: Government mandates establishment of "outcome-based" measures: i.e., rationing.
• Page 341: Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMOs, etc.
• Page 354:
Government will restrict enrollment of SPECIAL NEEDS individuals.
• Page 379: More bureaucracy: Telehealth Advisory Committee (healthcare by phone).
• Page 425: More bureaucracy: "Advance Care Planning Consult": Senior Citizens, assisted suicide, euthanasia?
• Page 425: Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. Mandatory. Appears to lock in estate taxes ahead of time.
• Page 425: Government provides approved list of end-of-life resources, guiding you in death. Mandates that all medicare patients (those over 65) recieve "end of life counseling" every FIVE Years! Doctors will be required to discuss end of life "options" with you , want it or not!
• Page 427: Government mandates program that orders end-of-life treatment; government dictates how your life ends.
• Page 429:
Advance Care Planning Consult will be used to dictate treatment as patient's health deteriorates. This can include an ORDER for end-of-life plans. An ORDER from the GOVERNMENT.
• Page 430: Government will decide what level of treatments you may have at end-of-life.
• Page 469: "Community-based" Home Medical Services: more payoffs for ACORN.
• Page 472: Payments to "Community-based" organizations: more payoffs for ACORN.
• Page 489: Government will cover marriage and family therapy. Government intervenes in your marriage.
• Page 494: Government will cover mental health services: defining, creating
and rationing those services.


cp said...

And that was only to page 494! Can you provide more summary? I'm numb and I can't wait for the gov't to have real time electronic access to my bank accounts. Methinks I need a bigger mattress!

Anonymous said...

I, too, am curious on the following topics because I dont have access to regular TV news and don't have that many people to ask:
1) Will vaccinnes now be required for people, as part of an order or requirement, whether for children or adults? I would also question for newborns being born in a hospital as part of the potential "hell"th care plan.
2) Would my employer-sponsored, employee-paid health insurance/dental insurance become obsolete, or at a minimum become optional to carry as opposed to the new plan?
3) What is the general consensus of the access to bank accounts as part of this? I certainly dont want to over-react and do something silly, but I do file taxes electronically and therefore the feds already do have access to my account in one form or another.
4) Any speculation on a limit of children one can now have as a result of the rations and treatment the seniors will be receiving?
I appreciate anyone's feedback and willingness to shed some light.
-Ignorant with the news.

Anonymous said...

Take your money out of present bank and put it in another--and don't give any permission for auto withdrawals. Or keep two bank account at different banks and allow auto withdrawals at only one.

Latinmassgirl said...

1st Anonymous,

I do know this for certain. The government health plan will be subsidized by our tax dollars, and they will make sure that all other insurance companies will not be able to compete, so they will be forced out of business. Then we are looking at a single payer nightmare.

2nd Anonymous,
Please clarify as to why you think we are safe from the government looking at our accounts now? I am asking this sincerely, because I know that they will soon have access to all of our bank and health records.

I know that for sure they want access to our accounts under the Communist government "healthcare" plan rightly called, "Obamacare".

I think a lot of people will be buying safes and strong boxes in the future. And some big, strong shovels. . .